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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Santa turns 150

  • The image of Santa Claus as we know him today turns 150 years old this Christmas season. One hundred and fifty years ago the white-bearded and jolly image of Santa Claus was used as a propaganda mechanism for recruiting soldiers in the Union Army, much like the “Uncle Sam” that we know today. Christmas 1863 saw Sa...
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  • The image of Santa Claus as we know him today turns 150 years old this Christmas season. One hundred and fifty years ago the white-bearded and jolly image of Santa Claus was used as a propaganda mechanism for recruiting soldiers in the Union Army, much like the “Uncle Sam” that we know today. Christmas 1863 saw Santa in a Union camp in Thomas Nast's first depiction of Santa as seen in the illustration from Harper's Weekly. Christmas became a national holiday in 1870 by the authority of President U.S. Grant.

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