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Thomas Nast Santa

"History of Santa" #7

Thomas Nast was born in Landau, Germany in 1840. While still a very young boy, his family moved to New York City. Nast had little interest in academics, instead pursuing painting and drawing. In 1862 he landed a position at Harper’s Weekly, where he worked for many years as their political cartoonist. In 1863, Nast was asked to illustrate Clement Clarke Moore’s now-famous “The Night Before Christmas.” His Santa appeared much softer, kinder—less stern than the St. Nicholas that came before. It was Nast’s depiction of the Jolly Ol’ Elf that solidified our current image of Santa. #7 out of 7 in our “History of Santa” series.

$179.95

Father Christmas

"History of Santa" #1

That jolly ol’ elf that we all think of has not always looked as we know him today. Our Santa is a blend of many different cultures and customs all rolled into one magical character. Santa’s earliest ancestors date back to pre-Christian days, when sky-riding gods ruled the earth. The mythological characters Odin, Thor, and Saturn gave us the basis for many of Santa's distinctive characteristics. #1 out of 7 in our "History of Santa" series.

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$179.95

Saint Nicholas

"History of Santa" #2

The first well-known gift-giver was a true person. Saint Nicholas lived in Myra (now known as Turkey) in about 300 A.D. The only child of a wealthy family, he was orphaned at an early age. He grew up in a monastery and at the age of 17 became one of the youngest priests ever. Stories tell of his generosity as he gave away his wealth in the form of gifts to the needy, especially children. Legends tell of him dropping bags of gold down chimneys or throwing them through windows where they landed in stockings hung by the fire to dry. #2 out of 7 in our "History of Santa" series.

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$179.95

Civil War Santa

"History of Santa" #3

Thomas Nast, illustrator of Clement Clarke Moore's famous Night Before Christmas poem, is credited with bringing us the kinder, jollier Santa Claus that we know today. Nast combined this tradition of St. Nicholas with German folk traditions of elves to draw his first Santa in 1862.Santa Claus thrived thereafter in American culture, both Christian and secular. During the Civil War, Christmas was a festival celebration in the United States, although not yet a holiday. #3 out of 7 in our "History of Santa" series.

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$179.95

Father Frost

"History of Santa" #4

Father Frost is another variation of Santa Claus from Russia. In the story, he appears to a young girl who, at the command of her evil stepmother, had been abandoned in the forest. Because the girl shows him kindness, he gives her a chest full of beautiful gifts. #4 out of 7 in our "History of Santa" series.

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$179.95

Sinterklaas

"History of Santa" #5

The American version of the Santa Claus figure was inspired by the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas (also called De Goedheiligman) brought to New York as early as the 1600s. It was author Washington Irving who popularized in America the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas. As part of a hoax, Irving, adopting the pseudonym "Diedrich Knickerbocker," published the satirical A History of New York on December 6, 1809, to immediate critical and popular success. His new version had Santa dropping gifts down chimneys while riding a horse drawn wagon over treetops. #5 out of 7 in our "History of Santa" series.

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$179.95


Kris Kringle

"History of Santa" #6

Kris Kringle, another Santa Claus eponym, is the Americanized spelling and pronunciation of “Christkind;” affectionately, “Christkindl.” Christkindl is the traditional gift-bringer from Germany, usually portrayed as a child or teen with blonde hair and angelic wings. Martin Luther promoted the Christkindl as a Protestant alternative to St. Nicholas. Though the Christkind spread even to the New World, in the 19th century she began to be replaced by the secular Santa Claus, who adopted the altered version of her name. In Nuremburg, Germany today, the Christkind is still a beloved character, and a contest is held every other year to select a girl to play her in city events at Christmastime.

$179.95

Gingerbread Man

This is the nutcracker that inspired our Ginger Cottage line!

Comes in custom wooden box. Inset shows detail.

$179.95

Wild About Chocolate Nutcracker

Comes in custom wooden box. Inset shows detail.

$179.95

Luigi the Pizza Man

Comes in custom wooden box. Inset shows detail.

$179.95

Anthony the Clockmaker

Comes in custom wooden box. Inset shows detail.

$179.95

Mr. Sandman

Comes in custom wooden box. Inset shows detail.

$179.95