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
In 1841, the New York Mirror published an illustration by Charles C. Ingham of St. Nicholas descending a chimney on New Year’s Eve. St. Nick bears a close resemblance to Croome’s illustration but depicted a full-size man. In later versions, the caption was changed to use “St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus” as the gift-giver.