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: