Christmas in Britain ⑥

Father christmas
Who is Father Christmas?
Father Christmas is the version of Santa Claus. He is an old jolly man with white hair, a beard and a moustache. He is dressed in a red suit* outlined in white. He and his elves make all the toys for Christmas in his home in the North Pole.
****The red coat is new Image of Father Christmas prior to about 1880 most pictured showed him with a green coat. The red became the most popular colour after the US introduction by Coca Cola during the 1930s.

History of Father Christmas in England
He was originally part of an old English midwinter festival, normally dressed in green, a sign of the returning spring. He was known as ‘Sir Christmas’, ‘Old Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Winter.’

In this earliest form, father Christmas was not the bringer of gifts for small children, nor did he come down the chimney. He simply wandered around from home to home, knocking on doors and feasting with families before moving on to the next house.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843) is based on Father Christmas. He is described as a large man with a red beard and fur-lined green robe. Images of Father Christmas dressed in red started appearing on Christmas cards in the late Victorian times.


Who is Santa Claus?
Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nicolas. St. Nicolas, or Sinter Klaas in Dutch, was a very shy man and wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about it. It is said that one day, he climbed the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the chimney. It landed in the stocking which a girl had put to dry by the fire! This may explain the belief that Father Christmas comes down the chimney and places gifts in children’s stockings.
When the Dutch introduced Sinter Klaas to the Americans they called him Santa Claus.







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by connection-eigo | 2012-12-24 21:38