In 1880s, a Civil War cartoonist by theHalloween Thanksgiving Christmas Happy HalloThanksMas Gnomes T Shirt 5 tee 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.
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