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
“King Winter,” an Americanization of the name Herr Winter, was the title of a booklet published in English by a German company in 1859. Both the German and American characters were versions of Jack Frost, a character that personified winter festival that is part of the Christmas season. King Winter was not successful in the U.S. but formed the basis for “Belsnickel” Santa figures shipped to the U,.S. in the late 1800s.