How did Santa Clause get his jolly, grandpa image that we know and love today? This depiction is all thanks to an evolution of stories, myths, and creative ideas of a few people.
New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore wrote “A Visit from Nicholas,” more popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas” in 1823. He drew inspiration from the gift-giving Saint Nicholas from Turkey and the Dutch version of the saint, Sinter Klaas.
Moore’s poem popularized the gift-giving Santa Claus, but it was cartoonist Thomas Nast who breathed the beloved character into life, adding details like the North Pole and naughty and nice list. Soon after, shopping malls started decorating their premises for the holidays with a statue of Santa Claus. Soon, it became immensely popular with children.
Now kids get excited when they see Santa whether as statues or as people in costume, associating him with gifts and treats.
This 6-feet statue of St. Nick is perfect for a Christmas display in a mall, in a hotel lobby, or in an open yard with a high ceiling. Add a reindeer or two, a sleigh, or even a polar bear to complete the North Pole experience.
Dimensions: L 94 x W 73 x H 188cm