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December 25, 2014

The Anonymous Publishing of "The Night Before Christmas,"

One interesting thing to note, however,

is that while the general appearance, in terms of the flowing beard, rosy cheeks, etc., of Santa Claus was popularized by this poem, the Santa we know today has had one very big change over Moore’s description- namely that Santa is now big. If you go back and read the actual poem, you’ll note that Moore described St. Nick, (who he never called Santa Clause) as “a little old driver,” with a “little round belly… chubby and plump.” He also described St. Nick riding a “miniature sleigh” with “eight tiny reindeer” that had little hooves. This, of course, explains how St. Nick was able to fit down a chimney without any magical means necessary- he was a tiny little elf.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 25, 2014 10:04 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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