With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about different Christmas traditions here at Woodyatt Curtains. Today, we’ve been thinking about Father Christmas!
One of the most memorable descriptions of Father Christmas has to come from Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’:
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…
Although he tends to be called Father Christmas in the UK, a similar figure exists in many other countries such as Canada, France, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Italy and India, to name but a few.
Many people believe that Father Christmas began wearing a red suit after a Coca-Cola advertising campaign!
Before the 1880s, most pictures show Father Christmas with a green outfit.
People believe that Father Christmas lives in the North Pole with his elves.
In 1866, Thomas Nast, a cartoon artist for Harper’s Illustrated Weekly, made a montage called ‘Santa Claus and his works’, and for the first time established Father Christmas as a maker of toys.
On Christmas Eve, Father Christmas loads up his sleigh and flies across the sky with his reindeer.
What memories do you have of Father Christmas? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!