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The following are some of my personal antique santa post cards. I collect "non-traditional" olde world santas. These cards are the inspiration for my "Olde World Santa" dolls.

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postcard Printed in Germany. W 7. Post Dated December 22, 1908 (61K)

postcard Raphael Tuck & Sons' "CHRISTMAS" Postcard. Series 8000. Art PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING & QUEEN. Designed and printed in England. Post Dated December 24, 1904 (83K)

In European countries, the gifts the "gift-giver" bore were called "Christ bundles" and contained food, clothes and small toys. Switches or "Christ rods" were tied to a naughty child's bundle as a reminder to be good.

postcard Printed in Germany SB Series 7005A Post Dated December 16, 1908 (68K)

postcard Printed in Germany SB Series 7005A Post Dated December 16, 1912 (68K)

The German "Weihnachtsmann" (meaning Christmas Man) is believed by many Europeans to be sent by Christkindl (Christ Child) to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. This secular figure developed after the Reformation when the feast and veneration of St. Nicholas was abolished in many countries.

postcard Printed in Germany IMP 1249 Post Dated December 18, 1911 (53K)

A radiant figure, the winged Christkindl usually wears a flowing white robe and sparkling crown--sometimes lighted with candles. Although gender less, this individual is often portrayed by a fair-haired young girl. In many traditions it is Christkindl who tells the "gift-giver" what presents the Christ Child would like the little children to receive.

postcard Printed in Germany No Data (48K)

postcard Printed in Germany Post Dated December 25, 1912 (73K)

The German custom of decorating an evergreen at Christmas became even more popular in England in the 1840's when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Germany. At first the ever-greens were adorned with candles, glass balls, and tinsel. Later foil-wrapped nuts, candied fruits, and cookies shaped like angels and stars were added to the branches. Noted for their love of elaborate decorations, Victorian ladies designed intricate paper and needlework ornaments to embellish their trees.

postcard Printed in Saxony by Appointment. Raphael 'Tuck & Son' "SANTA CLAUS SCROLLS" Series of Christmas Post Cards No. 525. ART PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN Post Dated December 23, 1912 (61K)

Originating in England, Father Christmas was depicted as a friendly fellow wearing a crown of holly and a scarlet or green fur-lined robe. To many, this wreath of holly represented the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when He was crucified and the red berries are symbolic of the blood He shed.

postcard Series 213 A (79K)

The Santas of this era were what we today term as "non traditional". This post card in particular with it's Middle East flavor demonstrates this character. What we refer to as "traditional" today was institutionalized by two artists in particular--Thomas Nast and Haddon Sundblom. Please refer to my "Brief History of Santa" to learn more.

postcard Printed in Germany Post Dated December 23, 1910 (63K)

The role of the evergreen in midwinter celebrations dates back to pre-Christian times when the tree symbolized nature's triumph over winters darkness and deathly cold.

postcard From Sverige (Sweden) (63K)

The tradition of the mistletoe comes to us from Scandinavia. It began with the Norse goddess Frigga. When her son, Balder, was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe, she wept tears of white berries and brought him back to life. Overjoyed, Frigga blessed the plant and promised to kiss all who passed beneath it.

postcard No Data (75K)

The "patriotic" Santa dates back to the time of the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln made a request of political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, to illustrate Santa with the Union troops to bolster their spirits. For more on this topic, please refer to my "Brief History of Santa" page.

Thanks to a very special Belgian friend, I am able to share my newest santa post cards with you....thank you Francine ;o)

postcard Printed in Germany -- Verlag Von Max Victor, Koln Postkarte No.12 Post Dated Dec. 20, 1898 (56K)

A blending of the German gift-bearers Christkindl and Belsnickel, Kris Kringel is very similar to our modern-day Santa Claus in that he, too, is a holiday gift bringer. However, unlike our Santa, he rings a bell to deliver his presents.

postcard Printed in France Post Dated Dec. 24, 1899 (65K)

The tradition of Santa, the chimney and the stockings hung by the fireplace may go as far back at 700 AD to the traditions of St. Nicholas of Myria. See my "Brief History of Santa" for more details.

postcard Printed in America HSV Litho Co. Post Dated Dec. 23 1909 Cancellation stamp is a flag with 13 stars (58K)

The appearance of the flaming red holly berries opened the season of feasting and good cheer in old England. In Europe, it was believed that the first of two kinds of holly -- the prickly "he" or the smooth "she" -- brought into the home at Christmas determined whether the husband or wife would rule during the coming year.

postcard Printed in Germany No Data (66K)

An 8th century Christian missionary is credited with originating the use of ever-greens as Christmas trees. One Christmas eve, as the German legend goes, St. Boniface came upon a group of pagan worshipers gathered around a giant oak to sacrifice a child to their god, Thor. To stop the murder, the saint toppled the mighty tree with one blow of his ax and a tiny fir tree sprang up in its place. He told them that the tiny fir was the Tree of Life and it represented the eternal life of Christ, who was a bringer of life "ever green".

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