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19th-Century Santa Claus.

Happy Holidays from RetroCollage!

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19th-Century Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas from Art of RetroCollage!

In keeping with our devotion to all things retro, Art of RetroCollage decided to color this nineteenth-century wood engraving according to the Christmas traditions of its time.

Have a very healthy, safe, joyous, and prosperous holiday!

NOTE: If you’re curious about why Santa Claus in the picture above is dressed in green trimmed with red—instead of the now-customary red with white trimming—it’s because in the nineteenth century (and earlier times), Santa was often shown dressed in green.

The illustration below, from a first edition of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, shows the Ghost of Christmas Present (Santa’s spirit) dressed in green:

Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.

Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

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Create With Joy December 24, 2013, 3:43 am

Merry Christmas to you Eric!

Eric Edelman December 24, 2013, 1:02 pm

Thanks so much…And a very happy and healthy holiday season and New Year to you and your family!

stevebethere December 24, 2013, 5:25 am

Now I like that and all the fine detail, and the green makes it stand out love it Eric 😉

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours 😉

Eric Edelman December 24, 2013, 1:04 pm

Thanks very much for your vote of confidence, Steve (I wasn’t sure of how the green would go over 😉 ). Happy, Healthy Holidays and New Year to you and yours!

Judy Haughton-James December 24, 2013, 5:32 am

Very interesting Christmas post with lovely pictures Eric. Thanks for hosting and have a happy holiday season.

Eric Edelman December 24, 2013, 1:08 pm

Thank you very much, Judy; I’m glad you like the pictures. It’s always a pleasure to host you. Have a very happy, healthy, & joyous holiday and New Year!

Dominique Goh@Dominique's Desk December 24, 2013, 7:02 am

Merry Christmas to you too. Happy WW

Eric Edelman December 24, 2013, 1:10 pm

Thank you very much, Dominique. Healthy happy holidays, New Year, and WW to you!

Erika Price December 24, 2013, 4:52 pm

Merry Christmas, Eric!

Eric Edelman December 24, 2013, 6:53 pm

Thanks, Erika! Merry Christmas to you, and a very safe, healthy, joyous, and prosperous New Year!

Daryl December 25, 2013, 7:59 am

Wishing you and yours a very merry!

Eric Edelman December 26, 2013, 4:08 pm

Thanks very much, Daryl…wishing you and your family a very healthy, safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

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