Thomas Nast's Christmas Drawings
Thomas Nast (1840?1902) created the images of Santa Claus which we recognize today. Here are his best-known illustrations of Santa Claus and Christmas. Included are his drawings of Santa perched atop snowy chimneys and his patriotic Civil War drawing, "Santa Claus in Camp." Here are the first illustrations of Santa's workshop at the North Pole, of Santa in his sleigh, of Santa opening his mail and making a record of children's behavior. Here, too, are Nast's gently humorous drawings of children on Christmas Eve, showing them hanging enormous stockings, standing innocently under mistletoe, tracing Santa's route on a map of the world, and waiting up all night to catch a glimpse of Santa.