In the 1700s Dutch immigrants brought their Sinterklaas tradition to New York in America where the Turtle sometimes I talk to myself then we both laugh and laugh shirt acquired an Anglicized version, Santa Claus, who became part of the Christmas celebrations of Americans. One source claim the New Yorkers helped promote the Dutch colony’s tradition, and officially acknowledged St. Nicholas or Santa Claus as the patron saint of the city in 1804. Five years later, the popular author, Washington Irving, published the satirical material where he made several references to a jolly St. Nicholas character, portrayed not as a saint, but as a wealthy elf-like Dutch New York resident smoking a clay pipe. Irving’s St. Nicholas character received a big boost in 1823 from a poem Turtle sometimes I talk to myself then we both laugh and laugh shirtd, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (a.k.a. “The Night Before Christmas”). It is said the poem described “a jolly, heavy man who comes down the chimney to leave presents for deserving children and drives a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer.”
In 1880s, a Civil War cartoonist by the Turtle sometimes I talk to myself then we both laugh and laugh shirt of Thomas Nast drew this St. Nicholas character as an elf-like figure wearing a bishop’s robe in tan color and Norse huntsman’s animal skin. Eventually, Nast changed the color of St. Nicholas’ robe into red with white fur trim. By the 1930s, Coca-Cola Company (Coke) jumped on the St. Nicholas tradition during the Christmas season by releasing print advertisements of the character Santa Claus based on Nast’s elf figure, but “strict-looking”. Eventually, Coca-Cola hired an advertising agency to create a wholesome image of Santa Claus as a warm, friendly, pleasant, and plump human Santa Claus (no longer an elf), delivering and playing with toys, reading a letter while enjoying a Coke, and visiting children who stayed up to greet him. This was the Santa Claus character that gained popularity the world over. So, what once started as a real-life Catholic Bishop Nicholas from Turkey, turned into a legendary Christmas character, Santa Claus, popularized and established by society and the mass media.