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Merry Christmas! Chart Book

Merry Christmas! Chart Book

Code: 961398

Santa is Coming to Town design size 21" x 8" (53.5cm x 20.5cm),
Father Christmas design size 7½" x 8½" (19cm x 21.5cm),
Snowman design size 7½" x 8½" (19cm x 21.5cm),
when worked on 14 count Aida fabric.

In looking for the historical roots of Santa Claus, one must go very deep in the past. One discovers that Santa Claus as we know him is a combination of many different legends and mythical creatures.
The basis for the Christian-era Santa Claus is Bishop Nicholas of Smyrna or Izmir, in what is now Turkey. Nicholas lived in the 4th century A.D. He was very rich, generous, and loving toward children. Often he gave joy to poor children by throwing gifts in through their windows. The Orthodox Church later raised St. Nicholas, miracle worker, to a position of great esteem. The Roman Catholic Church honored Nicholas as one who helped children and the poor. In the Protestant areas of central and northern Germany, St. Nicholas later became known as der Weinachtsmann. In England he came to be called Father Christmas. St. Nicholas made his way to the United States with Dutch immigrants, and began to be referred to as Santa Claus.
The American version of the Santa Claus figure, quoted from ENCARTA 95, received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century. The American image of Santa Claus was further elaborated by illustrator Thomas Nast, who depicted a round-bellied Santa for Christmas issues of Harper's magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s made Santa Claus a humanized version and also added such details as Santa's workshop at the North Pole and Santa's list of the naughty and nice children of the world. In 1823 in the poem, The Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore. He included many details such as the names of the reindeer; the sound of Santa's laugh; and the mysterious way Santa goes up a chimney….he's making a list, he's checking it twice, he's goin' to find out if you're naughty or nice! SANTA CLAUS is coming to town.....Merry Christmas!!

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