Santa Claus, David Scattergood, cover, A Visit from St. Nicholas 1860

Illustration of one of the earliest versions of “The Night Before Christmas”

Santa Claus David Scattergood A Visit From Santa Claus 1860


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...


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...

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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...

In 1860, artist David Scattergood illustrated one of the earliest versions of “The Night Before Christmas” with Santa Claus rather than St. Nicholas. Although highly stylized, Scattergood’s Santa would not have looked out of place among the numerous versions of Santa that had appeared by the end of the century.