Thursday, December 24, 2020

Pic of the Day

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back to a monk named St. Nicholas, who was born in Turkey around 280 A.D. St. Nicholas gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick, becoming known as the protector of children and sailors. 


St. Nicholas first entered American popular culture in the late 18th century in New York, when Dutch families gathered to honor the anniversary of the death of “Sint Nikolaas” (Dutch for Saint Nicholas), or “Sinter Klaas” for short. “Santa Claus” draws his name from this abbreviation.


In 1822, Episcopal minister Clement Clarke Moore wrote a Christmas poem called “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known today by its first line: “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.” The poem depicted Santa Claus as a jolly man who flies from home to home on a sled driven by reindeer to deliver toys.


The iconic version of Santa Claus as a jolly man in red with a white beard and a sack of toys was immortalized in 1881 when political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew on Moore's poem to create the image of Old Saint Nick we know today.


I like the version above a little better. I’d love a visit from this sexy Santa Claus tonight. His elves are welcomed too.


Anonymous said...

Dearest Joe, I wish you the happiest Christmas that these dour times can offer. I deeply regret that there is no one for you to share it with, but I won't belabor that. Please accept this expression of my true and deep affection, Roderick

Joe said...

Merry Christmas, Roderick. I hope you are having a happy holidays. Hopefully, you’re together with your family. With great affection for you too, Joe.

BosGuy said...

Love that final photo. The photographer is a friend of mine who lives in Boston (Izzy Berdan) and was taken (my guess) the same day as Boston's annual Santa Speedo Run back about 5 years ago if memory serves me correct.