[thechat] santa question - quickie

Scott Dexter sgd at ti3.com
Mon Nov 25 16:22:02 CST 2002

> Wasn't santa invented in, like, 1920 or something?

The current westernized Santa, the fat man with white beard, was
invented by the Coca-Cola Bottling company as part of their advertising
campaigns, I believe back in the '20s. Before that, Kris Kringle, the
European version, tall and thin, was the icon of Christmas....


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