18th C. Father Christmas:
A jolly reveler in England who celebrated with feasting, drinking and merriment in honour of both the Winter Solstice and Christmas. Although he was not a religious figure, he was one in a succession of English replacements for St. Nicholas after the Protestant Reformation. A full, red, fur trimmed coat and holly in his hair were his noted features.
14" (35 cm) - $195
Father Christmas was not associated with gift-bringing or children until the 19th century when his appearance also changed.
28" (71 cm) - $395 (by order only)
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