Last month, I told HeadStuff that I wanted to write an article about the origins of Santa Claus and the evolution of his appearance. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The history of Santa Claus is way more complicated than I thought. He doesn’t have any one single origin or neat and tidy line of development.
The topic may not have been as straightforward as I assumed, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. I learned so much while writing this article, and I hope you’ll learn at least as much while reading it. Click here for “Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages” on HeadStuff. Happy Holidays!
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Alexandra Kiely, aka A Scholarly Skater, is an art historian based in the northeastern United States. She loves wandering down the dark and dusty corners of art history and wholeheartedly believes in visual art's ability to enrich every person's life.
Her favorite periods of art history are 19th-century American painting and medieval European art and architecture. When she not looking at, reading about, writing about, or teaching art, she's probably ice dancing or reading.
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