Are there any religious references to Santa Claus?

Are there any religious references to Santa Claus?

There isn't a single religious connection or symbol to be discovered in this Santa Claus. The poem credited to Moore may be the foundation for modern notions of Santa Claus, but it was Thomas Nast's illustrations of Santa Claus in the second part of the nineteenth century that etched a standard picture of Santa Claus into everyone's memory.

The first reference to Santa Claus in the literature is found in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which was published in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley who warns him that unless he atones for his sins, they will follow him to the afterlife. Marley tells Scrooge that his deceased wife and children have been visited by an angel who has brought them food and clothing for the holiday season. This is probably where Dickens got his idea from when writing about Saint Nicholas. To make amends, Scrooge travels to see his former employer, Mr. Fezziwig, who has set up a Christmas party for all of its guests. When Scrooge arrives, he finds that it is indeed a grand party with plenty of food and drink; however, Fezziwig has also hired a crew of old boys who play music while they work. When the boys are finished, Scrooge is left with a choice: He can stay and enjoy himself or go home and feel guilty. Either way, Scrooge learns his lesson and gives charity instead of money to those in need this Christmas season.

When was Santa Claus first introduced?

1863 Santa Claus as we know him today is based on illustrations produced by cartoonist Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly beginning in 1863. Nast's Santa was heavily influenced by the depiction given in the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas").

His narrative, according to all sources, began in the fourth century AD in what is now modern-day Turkey. A man named Nicholas was appointed bishop of the hamlet of Myra. He was then canonized and quickly became one of Christianity's most popular saints.

Who was the first person to write about Santa Claus?

Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (more widely known as "The Night Before Christmas") injected Santa into the American psyche, but it was four decades later that the modern-day image of St. Nick was first drawn by the pen of famed artist Thomas Nast. In his illustration, which appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1897, Santa is shown delivering toys to good children and punishing bad ones with a kick up their backsides.

Moore's poem made its way into many other poems and stories over the years, most notably 'The Night Before Christmas' written by Clement Clark Moore Jr. itself which has become one of America's most beloved poems. It was only after the publication of this poem that Moore decided to give Santa a face, which he did so in his famous painting titled 'A Visit From St. Nicholas'. This painting became the basis for all future illustrations of Santa Claus.

So, yes, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" was really the first article to popularize Santa Claus in the United States.

What did Santa Claus look like in 1881?

The remainder of his attire consisted of a green hat and white pajamas. When the holidays arrived in 1881, Santa was dressed in all his finery. Thomas Nast's image embodied the contemporary Santa Claus—rotund body, jovial countenance, beard, and pink cheeks. However, unlike today's version of Santa who is represented by an adult male model, Nast's drawing showed Santa to be a middle-aged man.

Santa first appeared in a print called "A Christmas Carousal" which was published in Charles L. Webster's annual anthology, Annual Cyclopedia: Embracing Views of History, Biography, Literature and Art. The print features four scenes that include children waiting for Santa to come down their chimneys, elves at work on Santa's house, a feast prepared for Santa and his crew, and a ball where children can dance with dolls representing themselves.

Nast took Thomas Webster's picture and turned him into Santa. He changed some details about Santa's appearance over time but kept most of it the same. For example, Nast kept Santa's red suit and white beard but added brown hair to his head. Also, Nast made him younger so everyone would feel comfortable around him during the holiday season.

Who made up Santa?

"Santa Claus" is an American term. It appears to have been invented by Clement Clarke Moore, who penned "The Night Before Christmas" in the early 1800s. He coined the term "Santa Claus" from the Dutch "Sinterklaas"-Saint Nicholas.

Moore based his poem on a French story that had appeared several years earlier under the title "Le Conte du Père Nicolas". In this story, the Devil tries to seduce a young woman named Jeanne by telling her there is no such thing as God or Jesus Christ. When she refuses his offer, he tells her of a magical figure called "Père Nicolas", who will bring her gifts on Christmas Eve. Inspired by these stories, Moore wrote his own poem about Santa Claus.

In the poem, "Santa Claus" is used in reference to three different people: Saint Nicholas, the original; Father Christmas, which became popular after Moore's poem was published; and Kris Kringle, which is how most people now know him.

So, basically, "Santa Claus" is just another name for St. Nicholas.

Where did the image of Santa Claus come from?

So Coca-Cola commissioned Haddon Sundblom, a Michigan-born illustrator, to create commercial graphics featuring Santa Claus—showing Santa himself, not a guy costumed as Santa. Sundblom found inspiration in Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). The poem was originally written for the editor of New York City's Sunday Mercury newspaper, who had asked for poems to be written for an annual Christmas issue. It is now considered one of America's most popular poems.

In the original poem, Saint Nicholas tells three stories to three different children, all of which end with him leaving gifts under the tree. This became the basis for many subsequent poems and songs. For example, "The Little Drummer Boy" by John F. Kennedy Jr., also uses the story of Saint Nicholas.

In 1920, the Sundblom company hired another American artist, Walter Berndt, to illustrate some reindeer photos for them. Berndt's paintings were so good that people started calling them "Santa Claus pictures." A few years later, when Haddon Sundblom went to Chicago to meet with Coca-Cola executives to talk about becoming their official Santa Clause, they showed him the Berndt photographs and he decided to use some of those images as inspiration for his own paintings. Thus, the modern image of Santa Claus was created.

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