Old Christmas with Mummers 1837

A party-hardy Old Christmas

Old Christmas With Mummers Robert Seymour Hervey S Book Of Christmas 1836


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

Great Read!

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...


Until now I’ve been especially interested in Clement C. Moore and his transcendent poem The Night Before Christmas. Tom Jerman puts Moore’s classic in perspective with a broad and highly informative look at the international history of Santa Claus. For my own...

This book is REALLY impressive

I’m not a historian (I work with a lot of historians, but I’m not one!) but this book REALLY impressive piece of work! Extensively referenced and Tom Jerman does a great, scholarly job of telling the “stories” that should be told with the support of a lot of...

This illustration, also by Robert Seymour for Hervey’s Book of Christmas, lacks the obvious references to drinking but still manages to convey a party-hardy look as Old Christmas leads a group of mummers in song during the Christmas season.  Sadly, artist Seymour killed himself months after this was published following a dispute with Charles Dickens’ over illustration of the Pickwick Papers.