Friday, December 18, 2015

History Of Santa Claus

Did you visit Santa Claus when you were a kid? My parents took my brothers and me to see him when we were little but I don't really remember. That's what photos are for; to freeze those moments forever. For when our memory fails us. This is a photo of the three of us that I've shared a few times over the years because it's a favourite. We look pretty mesmerized by Santa, don't we?


Every year, I took my two daughters to visit with Santa when they were little and we'd make a day of it. Lunch, shopping and pictures with Santa. Always pictures with Santa. Here's one of them:


We always had a great time. Some years I would sit for the photo together with the girls. That was fun. And when Santa would ask me what I wanted for Christmas, my answer was the same every time "A vacation would be nice." He'd laugh, the girls would laugh. Even people nearby who heard me say that would laugh. But the vacation never came. Ah, well...

Here's an interesting video for you. All about the history of Santa Claus.



Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos of you and your brother and your daughters with Santa Claus!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. They become special memories.

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  2. I never laid eyes on a store or mall Santa until I was a teenager. The only Santa I saw as a kid was the one who showed up right at the end of our Sunday School Christmas concert. He would give each of us a small bag of hard candy and maybe a Japanese orange. There was no sitting on laps or anything like that. We all had to write Santa the old-fashioned way by letter, LOL!

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    1. Writing letters by hand was a lot more fun. At least I think so!

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  3. Cute photos and a neat video Martha! I used to drag my kids off for Santa photos for many years, they were good about it.

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  4. I don't recall getting photos are waiting in line for Santa. Funny about the vacation.

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    1. It would have been even funnier if a vacation had mysteriously ended up under the Christmas tree!

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  5. I do remember seeing Santa when I was growing up, but pictures weren't taken. However, every year with the kids I would take them to see Santa and get their pictures taken; it was fun to see how much they had grown from year to year :)

    You have a great weekend!

    betty

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  6. You know, I don't remember ever seeing Santa anywhere when I was a kid. I do remember writing a letter or two to the North Pole. And we'd leave a lunch for him in the kitchen.
    have a good weekend too, Martha.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I hope it's a good weekend for you, too.

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  7. Never visited him but until I married there was always a package under the tree from Santa. He always ate the cookies I left, too!

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  8. Christmas traditions have changed over time. Even now we look at traditions in other countries there's a huge difference. The Dutch tradition is very different from ours. I came before going to visit Santa. Santa came to our concerts to distribute gifts.

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    1. And it's all quite fascinating. I enjoy learning about different Christmas traditions around the world. And other types of traditions depending on the country.

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  9. I never really believed the mall Santa was the real deal. Especially the Easter Bunny too.

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    1. It's funny but I've never thought anything about the Easter bunny. It hasn't been that important.

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  10. mfw in Greek Orthodox Christianity we have Saint Bill that has similar features with Santa Claus but he visits us on New Years.

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    1. I know all about that, John, since I was raised Greek Orthodox from my Greek parents who came to Canada from Greece in the late 50s/early 60s! I even speak, read and write Greek :) Thanks so much for stopping by. This was such a great comment. Makes me think of my upbringing, my Greek parents and many people I grew up with.

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  11. oh yes, a vacation would be nice! I don't remember ever seeing santa or sitting on his lap, but then I grew up in a rural area - no big malls anywhere! perhaps santa lives at the mall?

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  12. Great pictures. Love that you have one of you and your siblings.

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    1. Thanks, Barb. The one with my brothers is such a favourite. Definitely one of the most priceless ones for me!

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