Political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, created the fat jolly image of Santa Claus that we all know. He introduced this popular figure into the American culture during the Civil War and it has remained part of our holiday tradition.
|Harper's Weekly/January 3, 1863|
Santa visiting a Union Civil War camp, the earliest
published picture of Santa Claus by Thomas Nast
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me
to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph"
Thankfully, my girls are too young to question Santa's existence. With anticipation we watched our local Christmas parade in order to catch a glimpse of him. Some highlights...
Tractors, beauty queens and clowns...and more
Searching the streets for a good spot to catch Santa
HE'S WATCHING YOU!