It's that time of year when Santa is all over the place spreading good cheer! I love the idea of Santa, the idea of someone who travels the world and gives to all of the children on one special night. I love the idea that we look forward to Santa coming on that one night each year. Of course it's all make believe, but who cares if it does something good and worthwhile in the world.
I also just love all of the different Santas from around the world, there's the jolly Santa that we all know an love, there are all of the Old World Santas, there are lots of different Santas in arts and crafts. I'll show you a sampling in this blog post. But first, a little history.
According to history.com:
"The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland."
read more here: http://www.history.com/topics/santa-claus
Check out these wonderful Santas. Click the title or image to go to the link if there is one. Some links lead to stores where you can purchase the Santa, some lead to information!
At the end I have a picture of my fireplace mantle which shows my Santa Collection.
Primitive Santa Claus
Old World Santa Claus
Fabulous Human Santa!
My Mantle Santas
It's me, just trying to get by.