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Here Comes Santa Claus! by Bunny Clarke

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Over the years, I have learned many of the different stories of the origination of Santa Claus and the names give to him. Each of the stories is filled with lore and fun to read. I recommend wikipedia for much of the reading. Below, is a sample from the site. :o)

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24] The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine Christian folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man – sometimes with spectacles – wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films.

According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer. Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the reindeer who pull his sleigh.

Created in ArtRage on my iPad and then post work is in Photoshop. This was all based on a photo I took.

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Comments

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic, very festive!

  • Thank you very much Maisie. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 2 years ago

    beautiful artwork.
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you Francis. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • swaby
    swabyabout 2 years ago

    Love this Bunny, wonderful art and card! Beautiful!

  • Thank you Tina. I thought I would at least make up a few. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosabout 2 years ago

    wonderful Bunny….. :)

  • Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 2 years ago

    Looks beautiful Bunny! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 2 years ago

    Please enter this wonderful image in our challenge HERE

  • I entered Joyful Sounds. Maybe next go around. :o) Thank you Dee.

    – Bunny Clarke

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    lovely festive card Bunny!

  • Thank you Linda. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Beautiful Xmas card Bunny!

  • Thank you very much Roy. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Delightful!! :)

  • Thank you. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations – Dec. 5th, 2012 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • Thank you so much. :o)

    – Bunny Clarke

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