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Cameron Kippen
toeslayer2000@yahoo.com.au
Santa Claus
Santa Claus in one form or other
is a familiar figure to people all
over the world, but the weight
advantaged,...
St Nicholas of Myria
St Nicholas of Myria was born circa 280 AD
In Patara (now Turkey) and is the patron
saint of sailors,...
Father Christmas
During the reign of Henry VIII, Father
Christmas was depicted as a large man
in green or scarlet robes li...
The Christkind

The Christkind is a sprite-like child
depicted with blond hair and angelic
wings. He is the traditional Ch...
Sinterklaas
Modern Santa probably came
From North America (via Holland) and
is likely to be only 200 hundred years
old. He...
Thomas Nast’s Santa
In 1863, a picture of Santa illustrated by
caricaturist and political cartoonist,
Thomas Nast appeared...
Père Noël
In France the legend is Père
Noël (Father Christmas) was
so cold one Christmas Eve,
he burnt the clogs of a litt...
Balthazar
In Spain, Christmas is traditionally a
Religious festival and the Spanish still do
not recognise Santa Claus. Ch...
Babouschka and La Befana
The Russian Christmas gift giver is a woman
called Babouschka and like her Italian
Counterpart La...
Coca-Cola Santa
The Coca-Cola Company began its
Christmas advertising in magazines in the
1920’s.
The first Santa ads used...
Rockwell’s Santa
American artist Norman
Rockwell had done a
number
of paintings with Saint
Nicholas wearing red and
White ...
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Would the real Santa please stand up

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A brief outline of the history of gift givers at Christmas

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  1. 1. Cameron Kippen toeslayer2000@yahoo.com.au
  2. 2. Santa Claus Santa Claus in one form or other is a familiar figure to people all over the world, but the weight advantaged, red suited, old man variety is of comparative recent origin. Giving gifts during the festive Season is however an old and treasured custom. Modern Santa is a mixture of many historical and cultural traditions.
  3. 3. St Nicholas of Myria St Nicholas of Myria was born circa 280 AD In Patara (now Turkey) and is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, wrongly accused, endangered travelers and farmers. One of his gracious deeds was to give gold To a poor man with three daughters. This meant the girls could have dowries and marry well. St Nicholas wanted to remain anonymous and threw three bags of gold down the chimney. The gifts landed in the girls stockings and henceforth we hang up Christmas Stocking on Christmas Eve.
  4. 4. Father Christmas During the reign of Henry VIII, Father Christmas was depicted as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur. He typified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, bringing peace, joy, good food and wine and revelry. England no longer kept the feast day of Saint Nicholas on 6 December, and Father Christmas celebration was moved to 25 December to coincide with Christmas Day.
  5. 5. The Christkind The Christkind is a sprite-like child depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. He is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in many European and Hispanic Countries Martin Luther openly discouraged St. Nicholas, and after the Protestant Reformation changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl. The Date of giving gifts also changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve. Christkindl or Christkindel are diminutive versions of Christkind.
  6. 6. Sinterklaas Modern Santa probably came From North America (via Holland) and is likely to be only 200 hundred years old. He first appeared in literature about 1822 in the famous children's Poem. 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; Many historians believe Santa came from a mispronunciation of Sinterklaas.
  7. 7. Thomas Nast’s Santa In 1863, a picture of Santa illustrated by caricaturist and political cartoonist, Thomas Nast appeared on the cover of Harper’s Weekly. The character was first introduced During the civil war and the image of Santa Claus continued to evolve over the next two years. The story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole may also have been a Nast creation.
  8. 8. Père Noël In France the legend is Père Noël (Father Christmas) was so cold one Christmas Eve, he burnt the clogs of a little girl to keep himself warm. As a compensation he left gifts. French children lay out their shoes (traditionally sabots) in the anticipation Père Noël (Father Christmas) who will fill them with presents.
  9. 9. Balthazar In Spain, Christmas is traditionally a Religious festival and the Spanish still do not recognise Santa Claus. Children do however look forward to gifts during This season. One Spanish tradition was for children to leave their shoes on the windowsill stuffed full of straw, carrots, and barley to feed the Horse and donkeys of the Wise Men. Balthazar is a welcome visitor for he is the Spanish Santa and on Christmas morning children's shoes are filled with gifts.
  10. 10. Babouschka and La Befana The Russian Christmas gift giver is a woman called Babouschka and like her Italian Counterpart La Befana, portray an old ladies who failed offer help and food to the Wise Men on their journey to the baby Jesus. For penance the women search in vein Carrying gifts which they give to well behaved children. In Italy the Christmas gifts are given on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5). In Belgium children get their presents on the 6th December i.e. St Nicholas Day
  11. 11. Coca-Cola Santa The Coca-Cola Company began its Christmas advertising in magazines in the 1920’s. The first Santa ads used a strict-looking Claus, in the vein of Thomas Nast. In 1930, artist Fred Mizen painted a department store Santa in a crowd drinking a bottle of Coke. Later they commissioned illustrator Haddon Sundblom to develop Santa images. For inspiration the artist took "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and based the character upon his friend.
  12. 12. Rockwell’s Santa American artist Norman Rockwell had done a number of paintings with Saint Nicholas wearing red and White including A Drum for Tommy which appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman in 1921.
  13. 13. Commonwealth of Australia Copyright Regulations 1969 WARNING This material has been copied and communicated to you by or on behalf of The Footman © pursuant to Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act). The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further copying or communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act. Do not remove this notice

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