Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

When Thomas Nast (1840-1902) died, he was eulogized as the “Father of American Political Cartoon” by the New York Times. He spent thirty years between 1857 and 1887 as an illustrator and cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly. But, political cartoons were not his only claim to fame. Between 1863 and 1886, Thomas Nast drew 33 Christmas [...]

Christmas and the Victorian Era: 5 More Interesting Observations

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Looking into the Victorians and how they influenced our modern Christmas celebration that stopping at five was just not possible! So, here are five more interesting observations. The first of our observations is that the singing of Christmas carols was revived and popularized during the Victorian era. Old words were paired with new melodies. The [...]