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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus will set off on his yearly trip around the world in a matter of hours, but he’s already here at A Scholarly Skater. Apparently, I just keep writing about him, even more than I realized.

Last month, I inaugurated my new relationship with The Collector with an article about Thomas Nast, the German-American illustrator who designed the modern image of Santa Claus. It features lovely images courtesy of the Maccullouch Hall Historical Museum, owners of the largest Thomas Nast collection in the world. “Thomas Nast: Learn About the Man Behind Santa Claus“. Published by The Collector, November 23, 2021.

I also wrote an article about Santa for HeadStuff five years ago. It features Nast’s work alongside images of Santa predecessors Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas, as well as the art of later Santa illustrators Norman Rockwell and Haddon Sundblom. “Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages“. Published by HeadStuff, December 20, 2016.

Even earlier than that, I did an art Advent calendar back in 2015, and it included several images of Santa, alongside other Christmas cheer. Check it out here, or just browse my Christmas tag in general. Ho, ho, ho!

(Featured image: Santa Claus as depicted by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly (1881). [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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