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When you think of Santa Claus, what images come to mind? Probably something along the lines of the two graphics immediately below:
|Clement Clarke Moore's poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas|
|Undated greeting card|
Santa Claus (aka St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle) didn't always have such a jolly physical aspect, however.
This article from Smithsonian Magazine offers some fascinating facts and photos. For example, St. Nicholas had this less-than-jolly appearance in 1837:
|As portrayed by Robert Walter Weir (1837)|
Quite the impish trickster! Is he bringing gifts — or burglarizing the house?
Read more about Weir's portrayal HERE (a different link from the one above and the one below).
Click HERE to read the article and to see the slideshow of images.