Vintage Santa Figurines and Collectibles
The modern-day American concept of "Santa Claus" emerged around 1863. Of course, the legend of an elderly, bearded winter gift-giver appeared long before that, but he was known by other names—St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Belsnickel, and Sinterklaas. The idea of Santa may have originated from an ancient 12-day Norse winter festival called Yule. A god named Odin was believed to arrive on an eight-legged horse in the form of...