Visions of Christmas is an Exhibition of an array of Christmas images, mainly from 19th century books and cards. Includes images of works showing the evolution of Santa Claus (from a slim man who gave out gifts to the large, round man we know today), the origins of the decorated Christmas tree, and the 1820s poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). From the American Antiquarian Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26612 - [LII New This Week] December11, 2008
Popular Christmas scene drawn by
Thomas Nast for the January 3, 1874
issue of Harper's Weekly.