Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa Doesn't Always Wear Red!

Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
Made in Germany, Postally Unused
The Golden Age of Postcards covered the period between 1898-1918.  Picture postcards on every imaginable holiday were exchanged.   Various "gift-givers" were popular subjects of Christmas postcards.

St. Nicholas, one of the earliest Old World legends was based on an actual person, the bishop of Myra.  He is known for his generosity and deeds involving children in distress.  The date of his death, December 6, was  commemorated with an annual feast.  Youngsters would set out food for the saint and obedient children would find their gifts replaced with sweets and toys.  After the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, the veneration of Catholic saints was banned.  But people had become accustomed to the annual visit from the gift-bearing saint.  Gift bearers began to take on a non-religious appearance but still reflected St. Nicholas generous spirit.   As each country adopted their own gift bearing figure, there was no common agreement on how he looked so there are many variations in artists' images.

In this artist's rendering, Santa wears blue and delivers toys from an early automobile.

This forum reveals random thoughts and reflections on topics of interest and events impacting the life of the founder of Doll in the Looking Glass.  Our boutique specializes in custom designed dolls that look like your child. We also design toddler and baby dolls that look real using vinyl doll components manufactured in Midland, Michigan USA by Apple Valley Doll Works.  The goal of Doll in the Looking Glass is to delight our customers with our creations.


Marianne said...

Just stopped by to check out your Doll in the Looking Glass website...WOW, they are just gorgeous. I collected dolls for years but than had 2 boys. They are now all packed away hoping for a granddaughter some day! Thanks so much for stopping by to say 'Hi" and welcome to blogging.
Marianne :)

xinex said...

Oh how pretty! This is a more solemn Santa....Christine

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This post card of Santa is beautiful for the Holidays how sweet lady.
I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comment on my Christmas Tablescapes. I hope you have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Katya kate said...

Amazing dolls! I so love it, they must be worth keeping for collections! That vintage postcard is truly cool!

Laurel said...

Love the vintage post card and the information on St.Nicholas...Dec. 6 is my son's birthday, I'll share the story with him too :) Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. Have a great night, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Cheryl said...

Debra, I am having fun checking out your blog!! Love the images you share! I appreciate the info about St. Nicholas as well. Have always wanted to find a children's book about him to read to my boys.

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.


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