Happy Holidays from RetroCollage!

19th-Century Santa Claus.

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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