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Thread #54983   Message #853422
Posted By: CapriUni
24-Dec-02 - 11:53 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Unfortunately, I only have a flatbed scanner, or I'd scan some of the wonderful illustrations from this book.

My favorite has to be "Old Christmas" (From a book printed in 1888). He's riding in on a great shaggy goat with long horns, and his head is crowned in a wild mass of holly leaves. In his right hand, he's holding a steaming wassail bowl, while a basket of wine and bread is slung over his left arm -- and in the crook of his left arm, dressed in a flowing christening gown and bonnet, is the baby New Year...

Talk about having your hands full!

He seems jolly enough about it, though...

Wonder what my Babtist/Catholic neighbors would think if I put that sort of thing on the front lawn! :::Wicked Grin:::