Ad for Ayer’s Cherry Pictorial circa 1890

Ad for Ayer’s Cherry Pictorial circa 1890 Perfection Santa Claus Worldwide distills the cheerful essence of Christmas from many sources and studies, old and new. In addition to his wide reading, author Tom A. Jerman has brought a wealth of personal experience Read...

Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers

Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers (i.e., Pelznickel, Christkindle) in North America (1840s to 1890s) No Results Found The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to...

Oddball Santas Developed in America During Nineteenth Century

Oddball Santas Developed in America During Nineteenth Century Canadian Santa without beard: Canadian Illustrated News, cover, December 1885 One of the few versions of Santa that does not have a beard read more Santa Claus by George Beard 1872 A well-intentioned effort...

How the American Santa Claus Evolved from Its European Ancestors

How the American Santa Claus Evolved from Its European Ancestors Kriss Kringle: The Night Before Kris Kringle’s Visit, 1858 A sequel of sorts to Kriss Kringle’s Christmas Tree. read more Kriss Kringle: Kriss Kringle’s Raree Show, 1847 Illustration from Kriss Kringle’s...

Gift Givers in the Rest of Europe

Gift Givers in the Rest of Europe Jultomten with Julbok circa 1880 Painting by Jenny Nystrom read more Joelkabouter with Sled and Julbok circa 1880 Painting showing a Joelkabouter read more Julnisse with Porridge circa 1880 read...

Epiphany Gift-Givers in the Southern Europe

Epiphany Gift-Givers in the Southern Europe Ded Moroz: Grandfather Frost and Snegurochka: Snow Maiden Ded Moroz looks a great deal like Santa Claus but he is secular figure who leads the winter festivities of Russia and other eastern European nations. read more Tió de...