Posted by Stolzi on December 22, 1997 at 22:21:27:
In response to red robes, written by Kate on December 22, 1997 at 21:42:04
] Red robes for Father Christmas is a fairly recent invention I believe -late last century - maybe someone can correct me but I think it comes from an early CocaCola commercial?
I don't really know how far "Father Christmas" goes back. But this week I was looking at some pictures by Thomas Nast, who made the popular image of "Santa Claus" for most Americans in the last century, and his Santa was dressed all in fur and was small, elf-sized, rather than the life-size or larger man, wearing a smooth velvety fabric, whom we now visualize -- and who perhaps comes from the Coca-Cola painting series.
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