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 more views plus a brief account of the character's legend and order information.
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
victorian Santa in red
Victorian Father Christmas
England
Pere Noel in long red fur trimmed robe
Père Noël
France & Early French Canada
Thomas Nast Santa a stout Santa in a short jacket, pants and stocking cap
Thomas Nast Santa
North America
Present day Santa a stout Santa in a short jacket, pants and stocking cap
Present Day Santa
since 1931