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1. What is Santa called in France?
Père Noël translates literally to "Father Christmas", Santa's name in the British Isles.
2. Saint Nicholas has been an outlaw many times through the ages. Which of the following did NOT ban him?
Saint Nicholas was first outlawed by Martin Luther in 1545. Christmas (and by extension Santa Claus) was banned by the English Parliament in 1644. In Massachusetts, Christmas was not made a legal holiday again until 1856, 200 years later! It wasn't until the Victorian age that Christmas as we know it really began.
3. Who did Coca-Cola commission to illustrate its famous "Santa Claus" ads?
Lou Prentice, Sundblom's neighbour, was the first model Sundblom used in his paintings.
4. How did the tradition of Christmas cards get started?
In the 1830's, English schoolboys used to write home on decorative paper to show their parents their improving writing skills. In 1843, Henry Cole had 1,000 cards lithographed to send to friends, but it wasn't until the 1850&39;\'s that the cost of cards and postage was cheap enough to make it a widespread tradition.
5. Who is famous for his Harper's magazine illustrations of Santa Claus and also introduced details such as Santa's workshop at the North Pole and the Naughty & Nice List?
Nast standardized much of the perception of Santa and even added a few details, such as the North Pole workshop and Santa's List. His cartoon of Santa supporting Union troops was a major PR blow to the Confederacy.
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