Christmas History - Santa Claus
The story of how the imagery and story of St Nicholas, combined with Odin, Father Christmas and Sinterklaas to produce the modern red Santa Claus
As years passed, Santa Claus evolved in popular culture into a large, heavyset person. One of the first artists to define Santa Claus’s modern image was Thomas Nast, an American cartoonist of the 19th century. In 1863, a picture of Santa illustrated by Nast appeared in Harper’s Weekly. The story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole may also have been a Nast creation.
santa claus changing design
Christmas spread in Harper's Bazaar by Thomas Nast. ~ Thomas Nast of Harper's Bazaar has been credited with creating the popular image of Santa Claus which appeared in the publication's weekly newspaper between 1863 - 1865. first introduced by Nast during the civil war, the image of santa claus continued to evolve over the years.