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The Origin of Jolly
Old Saint Nick
Honestly, Santa Claus is a
combination of two religious persons, which are St. Nickolas and Christkindlein.
St. Nickolas was a Dutch gift bringer and Christkendlein is the name of the
In the beginning St. Nickolas was portrayed as a
tall man in a long robe in a Dutch rhyme about "Sancte Claus", in 1812
Washington Irving added other details about St. Nickolas where he was "riding
over the tops of the trees, in that selfsame waggon wherein he brings his yearly
presents to children." Then in 1821, another poem was published by William
Gilley centered on "Santeclaus". He was no longer tall at all, was dressed in
fur, and drove a sleigh that was lead by reindeer.
In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote one of the most popular poems concerning
Santa Claus, this poem he read to his children and was not published until 1823.
This unique poem is "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas", but we all know
it by "‘Twas the night before Christmas”. This was the beginning of our beliefs
of Santa Claus coming down the chimney and his sleigh being pulled by eight
reindeer all with unique names.
In Europe, they derived their own gift bringer a
combination of Christkindlein, which was a representation of the infant Jesus
Christ and another Belsnickle, which were adults that would dress in fur and
perform a scary play while the children slept and left gifts behind for the
children. Over the years, confusion between the two merged and the result was
Throughout time, Santa Claus has been used in many advertising schemes and has
been written about in many publications. In 1863, Thomas Nast, a caricaturist
for Harper’s Weekly created his own style of Santa and thus began the legend of
Santa Claus and his elves making toys for the good little girls and boys.
In the 1930’s Coca Cola who desired to increase
their sales of their soft drink decided to use Santa Claus in the
advertisements. Haddon Sundblom created unique drawings of a large Santa Claus
figure dressed in red and white and of course drinking Coca Cola.
Since Coca Cola and Haddon Sundblom started creating his image of Santa Claus,
everyone else did the same. Santa Claus had been many different sizes from an
elf size to man size, wearing all different colors of clothing. However, when
Coca Cola’s Santa Claus was seen, all other Santa’s have now followed suit.
Therefore, I guess it is safe to say, that the Santa Claus we all know and love
today was the genius design of an advertising campaign.
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