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For the secular aspect of the Christmas season, Santa Claus is the gift giver for all good children. In different parts of the world he is known as Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, but in the US he is just Santa. The legendary figure may originate from the historical figure Saint Nicholas, the gift giver, but the mythical figure appeared in the 19th century, drawn by cartoonist Thomas Nast as a jolly fellow in a red suit. Since that time Santa decorations have appeared on everything from ribbons in the drug store to Rockefeller Center. He is old, fat and jolly and accepts everyone into his family.


The ultimate Santa decoration is a person dressed in a Santa suit. This is common in department stores from Thanksgiving until December 24th, but a real life Santa is also great for parties, soliciting donations for the poor and family gatherings where Dad dons the beard. A life size Santa in a display in front of a private residence or sometimes up on the roof is a great attraction. They are available with moving parts so they wave or give a jolly laugh to delight children. Somehow, seeing Santa human sized has a greater impact than all the other decorations put together.


Santa decorations are popular for parties on napkins, center pieces, table cloths and gift wrapping. There are Santa candles, wreaths and statues to brighten your home for the holidays. He is often seen holding a huge sack over his shoulder which is filled with presents for good girls and boys. He is also seen standing next to his sleigh and sometimes there are all eight reindeer with him; nine including Rudolf. This is a popular scene to have life size on your roof. There are inflatable Santa’s along with snowmen and candy canes to have cluttering up your living room. They are fun and give a festive air when visitors come.


There are Santa decorations to suit every occasion. You can get Santa sitting by a pool having a cool drink, Santa skiing, playing ping pong, reading a list, making toys with elves and there is also Mrs. Claus serving food and helping Santa. There are chocolate Santa Claus, diamond and ruby Santa brooches and Santa on cushions, mugs, night lights, cards, plates and cake decorations.


The signature Santa red velvet cap, white beard and black belt are often seen on teddy bears, pets, all the cartoon characters and even the office clown. Some shops ask their employees to wear the long red cap as part of a uniform during the holiday season. For children there are many craft ideas for making Santa’s with cloth, pipe cleaners, paper and glue, clay and cotton wool. There are many Santa coloring pages you can get for children online that will decorate your refrigerator during the season. With almost any red, white and black material you can make an artistic Santa that looks cute or funny for a special place. Nothing says Christmas like Santa decorations because he relates to everyone.

This article was published on Thursday 19 November, 2009.

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