Christmas and Santa Claus
are two very different things. One the product of European immigration
to America and the cultural melting pot that it created, the second
an ancient and enduring spirit, not just a gift giver but the
embodiment of Christmas itself.
This website tells the Real Father Christmas' story from ancient origins through to the revival of Christmas in the early 19th Century, right up to the present day. It examines his role in Christmas, his costume, urban legends and the many pictorial representations found throughout history.
Increasingly it is hard to find Father Christmas below the layers of smiling chubby Santas, but he is there still. Still walking through the cold winter woodlands to bring cheer to all.
Father Christmas and the Wassail Bowl.
How to tell Santa from Father Christmas.
Is Father Christmas real?
|Father Christmas as described in the
1734 book "Round About Our Coal-Fire" by William Henry Davenport Adams.
Father Christmas in Traditional Mummers and Guisers plays.
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