Santa Claus vs. Father Christmas
Santa Claus was the vanguard in America’s war of cultural imperialism. Who knew?!?!
Mark Forsyth has an excellent piece on the origins of both Father Christmas and Santa Claus. They are not, it turns out, one and the same, but nineteenth century, transatlantic rivals.
Forsyth’s new book, A Christmas Cornucopia, is top of my own Santa list (hastily rewritten now I’ve learned that my Father Christmas list might be less than successful).
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