Herr Winter with tree 1847

Moritz von Schwind’s illustration of Herr Winter

Opnamedatum: 25 11 2013

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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

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Santa Claus Worldwide describes gift givers throughout the world in history from the pagan god Odin to the present day Father Christmas, Weihnachten, Père Noël, Ded Moroz, and Santa Claus. Mr. Jerman’s thorough research of this subject, takes the reader on a journey...

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The most important contribution to the look of the Weihnachtsmann in Germany, and, thus, the look of the American Santa Claus was Moritz von Schwind’s illustration of Herr Winter.  Although there were earlier versions, it was the 1847 publication of Herr Winter holding a lighted tree in the German magazine Munchner Bilderbogen that popularized the figure.