Thomas Nast Santa 1808 Santa present day santa

Olde World Santas

hand crafted by
Canadian Santa Artist, Shirley Ivison.


W hether you are a Santa Collector or looking for that special gift for any occasion, you are sure to delight in these Santas. As distinctive as they are as Christmas decorations, these Santas hold yet another appeal. They are depictions of legendary, old world gift bringers of Christmas long ago; extensively researched, carefully created, reviving Christmas memories of many heritages . . . possibly yours!

The Legends Collection

These gift bringers depict the evolution of Santa Claus, from before Christianity, to our present day Santa and the many legends in between. Your imagination will be captured as you discover the evolution of Santa Claus, from before Christianity when the Winter Solstice was the mid-winter celebration led by a shaman, to Santa as we know him today. Each one bears a tag revealing its legend.
Each image is a link to enlargements and a brief reference to each legend.
Shaman in buckskin with fur vest and antlered headress
Shaman
Winter Solstice
St. Nicholas in bishop's attire.
St Nicholas
Holland
Knecht Ruprecht in dark clothing and furs
Knecht Ruprecht
Germany
Pelznickel all in  furs
Pelznickel
Germany
Christkindl a small child with blond hair and long white gown
Christkindl
Germany
Black Peter in 16th C. Spanish attire
Zwarte Piet
(Black Peter)
Holland
La Befana in long skirt and cape
La Befana
Italy
Baboushka in long skirt, jacket and shawl
Baboushka
Pre-Soviet Russia
Ded Moroz in a blue fur trimmed coat
Ded Moroz
(Grandfather
Frost)
Soviet Russia
Father Christmas in fur trimmed full red coat
18th c.
Father Christmas
England
Santa Claus 1808 in red jacket and wide brimmed hat
1808 Santa Claus
N. America
(New York)
Weihnachtsmann in long dark green coat
Weihnachtsmann
Germany
Tomten in a red cap and long white beard
Jultomten
Sweden
An Irish santa in emerald green coat
An Irish Santa
Chinese Santa in red satin brocade jacket and hat with brilliant blue robe and 'gold' slippers
Sheng Dan
Lao Ren
Father Christmas
(Santa Claus)
China
victorian Santa in red
Victorian
Father
Christmas
England
Thomas Nast Santa a stout Santa in a short jacket, pants and stocking cap
Thomas Nast
Santa
N. America
Present day Santa a stout Santa in a short jacket, pants and stocking cap
Present Day
Santa
since 1931

The Classic Collection

With the discovery of the images captured on antique Christmas cards, Shirley was inspired to create the five Santas of this collection. Germany was well established in the production of Christmas greetings on paper, often featuring a Santa, in the 19th century. Shirley's interpretaions are named to catch the 'spirit of the season'!
Classic Santa in red with brown fur trim
Holly Berry
Classic Santa in 
green with red cord trim
Evergreen
Classic Santa in white and white fur
Frost
Classic Santa in blue with white fur
Winter's Night
Classic Santa in cranberry with brown fur trim
Cranberry

Canada North Woods Santas

Shirley's ever popular original interpretations of how our own Canadian Santa could appear. These rustic characters share a rustic/woodsy appeal, dressed for Canada's North.
Classic Santa in red with brown fur trim
18-nw1
Classic Santa in 
green with red cord trim
18-nw2
Classic Santa in white and white fur
18-nw3
Classic Santa in blue with white fur
18-nw4
Classic Santa in cranberry with brown fur trim
18-nw5
Classic Santa in cranberry with brown fur trim
18-nw6
Classic Santa in cranberry with brown fur trim
18-nw7
Classic Santa in cranberry with brown fur trim
Tundra Claus

Scottish & Canadian Tartan Santas

Santa in miniature royal stewart Tartan
Scottish Santa in Royal Stewart Tartan
Have a cheerful Tartan Santa dressed in the authentic Scottish or Canadian tartan of your choice.
Scotland didn't have a Santa until well into the 20th century, and then adopted Father Christmas. 'Hogmanay' (New Year's) was their favoured time for festivities.
This jolly fellow, however, is sure to become a cherished Christmas heirloom in celebration of one of the many clan tartans.

Santas by Heritage

Chinese
Dutch
English
French
German
Irish
Italian
N. American
Russian
Swedish

Comments

"... we love him! So beautiful Ė you do fabulous work. Canít wait to buy another one!" - C.C.: CA, USA

"I am gazing at the North Woods Santa that I bought before Christmas and wanted to tell you again how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it..." - L.B.: Almonte ON CA

"I have to say that the Santa was absolutely gorgeous." - B.C.: ON CA

"I just wanted to let you know that "Tundra Santa" arrived today safe and sound.He is absolutely beautiful! I know that I will be in contact with you in the future to further order." - R.M.: P.E.I. CA

"... thank you for some wonderful memories you gave for us all ... I thank you for the joy and appreciation my children and myself have received over these years, their spirit lives on in your creations." - D. K., Ottawa, ON CA

"My mom received the Santas today, and said they were beautiful. Canít wait to see them myself." - M. B.: Inuvik, N.W.T. CA

"I received my Santa on Friday, and I love him!!!" - D: MI, USA

For a better chance at receiving your Santa in time for Christmas, please order in the Fall.



© Shirley Ivison: 2004 - 2018            Last updated: September, 2018.

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