The Santa Blog
The Santa Blog is my attempt to highlight some of the most interesting stories about Santa and his fellow midwinter gift-givers with articles designed for publication on important dates through the Christmas season. The topics range from the light (Thanksgiving recipes and postcards) to the serious (why humans celebrated the winter solstice) to the silly (Catalonia’s “poop log”). Some of these are stories from the book while others cover more diverse subjects.
picture of Sanct Nicolaus by Alexander Strahuber in 1849
1848 illustration by an unknown artist, Weihnachtsaufzug
Father Switch is shown in the act of whipping a child
Father Switch, an evil helper often found in France
Illustration from the January 1873 edition of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.
Illustration by Slovenian painter Jurij Subic
1865 illustration by an unknown artist
Illustration by Swiss artist Nach Karl Jauslin
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1869 illustration by Franz Kollarz
1853 illustration by German lithographer J. Nepomuk Heinemann
illustration by an unidentified artist shows Nikolaus and Krampus in Viennese home
1820 painting by an Austrian artist
This photograph shows the modern depiction of Sinterklaas and his helpers
by Jan Schenkman, 1850. The Dutch traditions of today stem largely from a children’s book
The Arrival of St. Nicholas,” by Dutch artist Gebroeders van Lier
This colorful illustration from 1822, which translates as “folk print of St. Nicholas on horseback
Bishop Niklass, Saint of Children on Horse
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In Sint-Niklaas als Geschenk Heilige, “with holy gifts”, a woodcut by Dutch artist F. Povel in 1798, “Sint-Niklaas” is once again