Santa Claus, Spoodyks, Santa Claus Quadrilles, 1846

A poster by Spoodlyks for a concert called the Santa Claus Quadrilles in 1846

Santa Claus Spoodlyks Santa Claus Quadrilles 1846


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...

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...

Contrary to the impression that the road from “The Night Before Christmas” in 1822 to the Thomas Nast Santa in 1881 was a straight one, there were lots of curves and dead ends along the way.  One example of the “Oddball Santas” is this poster by Spoodlyks for a concert called the Santa Claus Quadrilles in 1846.