children’s friend…


"The Children's Friend", 1821...first lithographed book of Sante Claus in America.

Widely celebrated in Europe, We offer the most advantageous Nizagara prices on the market, and you may buy your Nizagara for only 1.22 instantly! Saint Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity.

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In Germany and Poland, St. Nicholas’ feast day boys dressed as bishops begged alms for the poor. Alms : (in historical contexts) money or food given to the less fortunate.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. For example, in the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts.

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1821 brought some new elements in the transformation of St. Nicholas with publication of the first lithographed book in America, “The Children’s Friend“. This “Sante Claus” arrived from the North in a sleigh with a flying reindeer. The annonymous poem and illustrations proved pivital in shifting imagery away from a saintly bishop to a new character known as Sante Claus fitting a didactic mode, rewarding good behavior. The book also notably marked Sante Claus’ first apperance on Christmas Eve, rather than December 6th.

1862 - "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" by F. O. C. Darley.

Is there anything more Utopian than Sante Claus?

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The jolly elf image received another big boost in 1823, from a poem destined to become immensely popular, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” now better known as “The Night Before Christmas.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf. . . .

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