The French/Early French Canadian Santa

Père Noël: 16th. Century France and Early French Canada
Pere Noel in hooded long red coat

By 1914, Santa Claus was known across Europe as well as North America. The Santa of France, Pere Noel, was a kind gift bringer who traveled about the countryside by donkey. He would leave gifts in the shoes placed by the fire place or Nativity scene, by good boys and girls .Sometimes treats for Père Noël's donkey were left in return.
The first French immigrants to Canada brought their Père Noël customs with them to celebrate Christmas in their new, adopted homeland.
Soldiers of the First World War received comfort from a visit from "Père Noël" in the form of supplies, moral support and in 1916, (as reported by a French magazine), "a sleigh full of beautiful women" !*

*Santa Claus: A Biography by Jerry Bowler

Père Noël: 16" (40 cm)- $215
Père Noël: 28" (71 cm) - $415 (by order only)


Please Note :
1) Sizes are approximate.
2) Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery of your order.
3) Materials may vary slightly depending on availability.
4) 'Faux' fur and 'Faux' leather may be substituted for natural fur and leather if desired.
5) 28" (71 cm) santas are purchased by order only, with a deposit of $100 unless otherwise indicated

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