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1863 AD
At the request of President Lincoln, Thomas Nast, the political cartoonist, made a picture depicting Santa Claus with the Union troops appearing on the January 3, 1863 Harpers Weekly Cover. This and other drawings by Nast had a crushing effect on the South. Souther parents had to tell their children there would be no gifts at Chrismas because even Santa could not get through the North blockaded Southern ports. This Nast Cover was the first of over 150 Santa illustrations Nast would make and it marked the beginning of the modern standard version of Santa Claus.

This makes a point that Santa Claus was a Social, Economic and Political tool.

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1870 AD
Santa Claus appears in US and Canadian department stores.

 

 

 


 

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1892 AD
The Nutcracker Ballet is performed in the Miriinsky Theatre, in Russia.

 

 

 


 

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1897 AD
The New York Sun prints an Editorial "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" in response to a letter by the little girl who noted that her "little friends" told her there was no Santa Claus. Like dah!

 

 

 


 

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1902-03 AD
Frank Baum, author of "The Wizard of Oz" publishes "The Life of Santa Claus".

 

 

 


 

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1920 AD
Norman Rockwell creates a Santa Claus for Saturday Evening Post Cover.

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1924 AD
November 27th, The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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1931 AD
Coca-Cola hires Haddon Sundblom to create the modern Santa we know today and Coca-Cola introduces the NEW Santa at the 1931 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sundblom Santa's would appear in advertisements for Coca-Cola and the back covers of the Saturday Evening Post and National Geographic until 1964.

One may surmise that the accepted "traditional" Santa Claus and Christmas celebration is a completely contrived invention of several prominent individuals of New York City.

In short: New York City invented Santa Claus and Christmas.

Christmas merchandising show signs of a snow flurry.

 

 

 

 


 

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1934 AD
The Christmas Madness begins and Eddie Cantor records "Santa Claus is Coming"

 

 

 


 

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1935 AD
"Santa Claus Express" another Eddie Cantor record.

"What Would Santa Say" a record by Louis Prima begins the idea of pushing what present to buy.

"Scrooge" the movie, based on Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", is released.

 

 

 


 

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1939 AD
Christmas Merchandising begins to snowball.

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" was invented by Robert L. May an advertising writer for Montgomery Ward.

 

 

 


 

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1941 ish AD
Fred Waring's "Night Before Christmas" is a gold record

 

 

 


 

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1942 AD
The movie "Holiday Inn" is released

 

 

 


 

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1946 AD
The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" is released. Not a big hit at the time but eventually becomes an American Classic due to repeated TV and cable broadcasts.

 

 

 


 

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1947 ish AD
The movie "Miracle on 34th Street" is a big hit. The "real" Kris Kringle is hired to play Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and goes to great lengths to prove himself to the cynics.

Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" from the movie Holiyday Inn grows in popularity employing the contrived idea of nostalgia to Christmas music.

Nat King Cole records "Chestnuts Roasting..." the first version did not sell. Record pulled out of the stores. Within two weeks strings are added and re-released and it becomes a huge hit.

 

 

 


 

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1949 AD
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" record by Gene Autry, sells 2 million copies.

 

 

 


 

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1950 AD
"Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney" record by Ella Fitzgerald. Santa begins to show signs of sexuality.

 


This time line document in no way reflects or represents any policy or position of any individual or organization in any way connected to the project.