Monday, December 23, 2013

Vintage images of Father Christmas and Santa Claus

Traditional folkloric figures such as Old Father Christmas, Sir Christmas, and Lord Christmas derived from the bearded Old English god Woden. They represented the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, but were not associated with children or the bringing of gifts. Below, Father Christmas as pictured in Josiah King’s The Examination and Tryal of Father Christmas (1686).
 Above: a right jolly old elf! Below, some sort of naughty/nice tally seems to be going on.
Above: These kids are out and about at night for a fortuitous encounter w/ the big red-suited fella himself! Left: Santa has finally ditched the reindeer.
View more historic & vintage depictions of Santa here. See illustrations for and parodies of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ("The Night Before Christmas") here. Finally, below is a printable tree ornament.

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