Books inspire more than just people, they tend to shape culture. When it comes to good ole' Santa Claus who we see him as today was impacted by quite a few tales.
The first tale was an anonymous poem called "Old Santaclaus" published in the 1821 book, A New-year's Present, to the Little Ones From Five to Twelve. In 1821 the poem by Clement Clarke Moore "A Visit From St. Nicholas" was published and further added to the modernization of our red bellied Santa with a reindeer sleigh. Finally, in 1902 L. Frank Buam's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus published, adding to the character who has become a common holiday figure.
Stories will always be a part of us. Bad or good. We pass tales onto friends and invent imaginary knights when our children won't go to sleep. I hope this season you spend time snuggling up with an old book, or furry friend, and remember that the best stories are the ones you love to share.
If you grew up in the 80's you may have watched The Reading Rainbow--I still know the words to the theme song. Here's our old pal LeVal Burton reading "The Night Before Christmas."
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
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