The origins of Father Christmas can be wide and varied. You could fill books with information about the formation of one of the most beloved characters of our youth. Santa-Claus, as he is most popularly known now, has an endearing beginning, but his path as a ‘Gift Giver’ has taken a very winding and often rugged road to the present.
Homes were often visited by this Holiday Gift Bearer and to this day his presence in our household is considered a delightful addition to the spirit of the Holidays. Christmas decorations were used to welcome Saint Nick or Santa, but now more often than not a Santa Claus figure or Old World Father Christmas is a standard part of our holiday decor.