Friday, December 13, 2013

Reef and Belle Visit Santa

Cousin Belle and Reef Find Santa at the Mall!
Cousin Belle and Reef find Santa at the Mall!

The American version of St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus originally came from the Dutch version called Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklaas. The Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) brought this fun and lively tradition to America.

Santa Claus appears in the weeks before Christmas in department stores or shopping malls. The practice of this has been credited to James Edgar, as he started doing this in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts department store!

Edgar was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1843. In 1878 he arrived in Brockton, and he eventually set up a dry goods store on Main Street.

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