Christmas isn’t complete without Santa Claus and his huge sack of toys for good little girls and boys. Father Christmas is best known for sneaking into homes through the chimney to leave presents under the tree and little trinkets in children’s socks.
This modernized version of Santa was created by New York writer Clement Clarke Moore in his poem “A Visit From St. Nick” in 1823. The Santa Claus in the story was a jolly elf that secretly delivered gifts to kids around the world while riding his reindeer-pulled sleigh. Cartoonist Thomas Nast later made St. Nick taller and added the naughty and nice list, giving birth to the fully formed Santa Claus beloved by everyone today.
St. Nick mentioned in Moore’s poem, however, was inspired by a real-life Saint known to give children little trinkets by putting them in socks. He’s also a fierce protector of these kids. Another inspiration for the poem was the Dutch version of St. Nick — Sinter Klaas. He’s portrayed as an old man with a white beard who was also quite generous to children.
Whatever the origin, Santa Claus is known as one of the most beloved icons of Christmas today. This fiberglass version of Santa shushing someone with a sack full of gifts depicts who he is to everyone who loves the Yuletide season.
Dimensions: L 93 x W 89 x H 175cm