Thursday, December 22, 2011
Santa Claus as Depicted on Obsolete Bank Notes
December 22, 2011
Many countries have versions of St. Nicholas. The American version came to us by means of the early Dutch settlers in New York (then known as New Amsterdam). That version of Santa Claus was a much thinner man than what we're accustomed to today. The poem, "The Night Before Christmas," (originally published as "A Visit From St. Nicholas") by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823 forever altered our view of the man and led to an increased popularity of Santa. Moore wrote the Christmas poem for his children, but it was later widely published along with a representation of Santa that was painted by newspaper artist Thomas Nast in 1870 based on Moore's poem.
May your eyes twinkle and your dimples be merry this holiday season.