The Book of Santa Claus

You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the magic within The Book of Santa Claus. As author Vicky Howard notes, “We can never outgrow the anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus. He is a magical figure, drawn from the legends, history, and folklore of many countries.”The legend of Santa Claus began in America in 1822 with Clement C. Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” This enduring poem, which begins with the now-classic line “‘Twas the night before Christmas,” paints a vivid picture of St. Nick and his miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. Illustrated for the first time by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly in 1863, this famous depiction became an inspiration for much of the detailed Victorian art captured in The Book of Santa Claus. The rich compilation celebrates Santa Claus through the beautiful illustrations from century-old postcards from that era’s preeminent commercial artists, such as Frances Brundage and Ellen Clapsaddle.

Vicky Howard’s personal collection of art from the “Golden Age of Postcards” is coupled with poems on the Christmas joy of Kris Kringle. This joyful miniature edition is perfect for a finishing touch to any gift basket, as a hostess gift, or for your own treasured keepsake.

About the Author

Vicky Howard is an accomplished artist whose images are frequently licensed by companies such as Creative Papers, Dimensions, Gartner, Barton, Converting, Crazy Mountain, and Toland. Her previous books include The Art of Teaching, Christmas Cheer, and The Book of Santa Claus. Vicky lives with her husband, Rex, in Lawrence, KS.

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