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« Reply #160 on: December 06, 2017, 12:53:00 pm »

Here's Chrissi's facebook post for St. Nikolaus Day:

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« Reply #161 on: December 06, 2017, 08:12:08 pm »

awwww, cute!
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« Reply #162 on: December 07, 2017, 02:07:49 pm »

Thanks for bringing it over here, Paul! Smiley
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« Reply #163 on: December 07, 2017, 03:22:01 pm »

Your post inspired me to go research St. Nikolas and he was very loveable. How St. Nikolas morphed into Santa Claus is understandable language-wise but not imagery wise. I understand that he was Byzantine and was born in what is now Turkey.
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« Reply #164 on: December 07, 2017, 07:50:11 pm »

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« Reply #165 on: December 07, 2017, 08:17:07 pm »

Your post inspired me to go research St. Nikolas and he was very loveable. How St. Nikolas morphed into Santa Claus is understandable language-wise but not imagery wise. I understand that he was Byzantine and was born in what is now Turkey.

Tell you what, I've gotten to wondering how the visit from St. Nicholas got transferred from December 6 to Christmas Eve. Was that unique to the United States and spread like McDonald's to the rest of the world?

It would seem the Christmas Eve visit was well known, at least in the New York region, by the time "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published in 1823, otherwise readers would probably have been mystified. So when was the tradition established? Did the change originate with the Protestant Dutch settlers of New York, and did it have anything to do with anti-Catholic prejudice, since St, Nicholas was a Catholic bishop?

Our familiar image of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus really originated with the cartoonist Thomas Nast. I guess it was the poem that introduced the eight tiny reindeer?
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« Reply #166 on: December 08, 2017, 01:30:20 am »

Our familiar image of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus really originated with the cartoonist Thomas Nast.


Thomas Nast was a local from where I live! Cheesy He was from Landau, the next town from me. My kids go to school in Landau and the yearly Christmas Market is called Thomas-Nast-Nikolausmarkt.

St. Nikolaus is Sinta Claas in Dutch. From there it's only a small step to Santa Clause, linguistically. But how he got transferred from Dec 6th to 24th/25th I don't know.
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« Reply #167 on: December 08, 2017, 11:17:41 am »


Thomas Nast was a local from where I live! Cheesy He was from Landau, the next town from me. My kids go to school in Landau and the yearly Christmas Market is called Thomas-Nast-Nikolausmarkt.

Wow! I din't know that Thomas Nast was an immigrant to the U.S. I think perhaps it was before he "designed" Santa Claus he was also a political cartoonist. He was known for making cartoons about corrupt politicians in New York City.
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« Reply #168 on: December 08, 2017, 02:24:57 pm »

I just checked: he was only six years old when he (with his mother) emigrated to the US.
He created Santa Claus and the elephant as symbol for the Republican Party. He did not create, but popularize, the donkey for the Democratic Party, Columbia and Uncle Sam.

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he was also a political cartoonist. He was known for making cartoons about corrupt politicians in New York City.

Yes, he is considered to be the "Father of the (political) American Cartoon".

Anyway, even though he was only six when he left Landau, people around here are very proud of him and consider him as one of them/us. laugh
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« Reply #169 on: December 08, 2017, 02:40:00 pm »

I just checked: he was only six years old when he (with his mother) emigrated to the US.
He created Santa Claus and the elephant as symbol for the Republican Party.

I forgot about the elephant!  laugh

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Anyway, even though he was only six when he left Landau, people around here are very proud of him and consider him as one of them/us. laugh

He's still a home-town boy who made good.  Grin
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