History Main / SantaClaus

11th May '17 9:02:41 PM Mdumas43073
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* A long-running commercial for Norelco electric shavers featured a stop-motion animated Santa riding atop a razor head. The ad was updated through the years; the various permutations can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888mx7hMZ0 here]].

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* A long-running commercial for Norelco electric shavers featured a stop-motion animated StopMotion-animated Santa riding atop a flying razor head. The ad was updated through the years; the various permutations can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888mx7hMZ0 here]].
11th May '17 9:01:28 PM Mdumas43073
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* A long-running commercial for Norelco electric shavers featured a stop-motion animated Santa riding atop a shaver head. The ad was updated through the years; the various permutations can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888mx7hMZ0 here]].

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* A long-running commercial for Norelco electric shavers featured a stop-motion animated Santa riding atop a shaver razor head. The ad was updated through the years; the various permutations can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888mx7hMZ0 here]].
11th May '17 9:00:39 PM Mdumas43073
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* A long-running commercial for Norelco electric shavers featured a stop-motion animated Santa riding atop a shaver head. The ad was updated through the years; the various permutations can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888mx7hMZ0 here]].
8th May '17 9:57:26 PM BlackBaroness
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* Santa's modern-day appearance, at least for those in the U.S., as a plump white-bearded man in a red suit was largely codified by a series of print advertisements for Coca-Cola illustrated by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haddon_Sundblom Haddon Sundblom]] from the 1930s through the '60s.

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* Santa's modern-day appearance, at least for those in the U.S., as a plump white-bearded man in a red suit was largely codified [[TropeCodifier codified]] by a series of print advertisements for Coca-Cola illustrated by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haddon_Sundblom Haddon Sundblom]] from the 1930s through the '60s.
30th Apr '17 5:08:34 AM LordGro
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The Santa Claus myth is based largely on the Dutch holiday of ''UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}}'' (a hastily pronounced "St. Nicholas", who comes down the chimney on the 5th/6th of December) and the imagery of the Saint in question carried over to his North Pole incarnation. In the original stories, Sinterklaas was accompanied by black slaves; these have become demons (TheKrampus) in German-speaking culture, and [[ChristmasElves friendly elves]] in the USA. In the Netherlands, the black companians are nowadays portrayed as St. Nicholas' friends and employees. Note that in several countries in Europe, Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are now considered two entirely different characters, each with their own elaborate holiday. It should also be noted that his transition from badass Greek saint to "jolly old elf" was influenced by another winter gift-giver: Odin. Yes, for some reason, in pre-Christian Europe, the king of the gods would sneak into people's houses on the Winter Solstice and leave gifts for the children, who were expected to leave carrots or oats for Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir. During the Christianizing of Europe, this was merged with the story of St. Nicholas giving a father some gold so he wouldn't sell his daughters into prostitution. And that's where Santa comes from.

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The Santa Claus myth is based largely on the Dutch holiday of ''UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}}'' (a hastily pronounced "St. Nicholas", who comes down the chimney on the 5th/6th of December) and the imagery of the Saint in question carried over to his North Pole incarnation. In the original stories, Sinterklaas was accompanied by black slaves; these have become demons (TheKrampus) in German-speaking culture, and [[ChristmasElves friendly elves]] in the USA. In the Netherlands, the black companians are nowadays portrayed as St. Nicholas' friends and employees. Note that in several countries in Europe, Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are now considered two entirely different characters, each with their own elaborate holiday. It should also be noted that his transition The habit of distributing gifts attributed to all these characters is ultimately derived from badass Greek saint a legend about St. Nicholas, according to "jolly old elf" was influenced by another winter gift-giver: Odin. Yes, for some reason, in pre-Christian Europe, which he secretly threw gold into the king house of a poor man by night, so the gods man would sneak into people's houses on the Winter Solstice and leave gifts for the children, who were expected to leave carrots or oats for Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir. During the Christianizing of Europe, this was merged with the story of St. Nicholas giving a father some gold so he wouldn't not sell his daughters into prostitution. And that's where Santa comes from.
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9th Apr '17 12:37:55 PM nombretomado
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Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] [[CoolOldGuy old man]] with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house by the chimney, fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.

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Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] [[CoolOldGuy old man]] with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house by the chimney, fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.
4th Apr '17 10:29:03 PM BlackBaroness
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* The mythology of Santa Claus originated from the very real, very mortal Saint Nicholas, a Turkish Bishop from the fourth century that performed miracles and gave gifts in secret. [[ShroudedInMyth After centuries of his legacy being mythologized]], the modern day Santa is so far removed from Saint Nicholas that the two are treated as separate icons.
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27th Feb '17 3:33:34 AM erforce
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* Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', in which Jack, the leader of {{Halloween}} town, decides to give Santa a vacation by kidnapping him and takes on the job himself.

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* Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', in which Jack, the leader of {{Halloween}} town, {{Halloweentown}}, decides to give Santa a vacation by kidnapping him and takes on the job himself.
14th Jan '17 8:25:53 PM Luppercus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" the Spot the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future shown to be authentic in that episode.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" Marks the Spot Spot" the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future Future]] shown to be authentic in that episode.
14th Jan '17 8:24:26 PM Luppercus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" the Spot the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future shown to be authentic in that episode.
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