December 14, 2013

                          Father Christmas

Father Christmas is an English folk figure who personified the Christmas season for centuries. Unlike Santa Claus, Father Christmas originally did not distribute gifts. Instead, he represented the generosity. Some English folklorists trace Father Christmas back to the late middle Ages. He often served as the narrator in English seasonal folk plays and always appeared humble and heart warming. In the nineteenth century Santa Claus started to become more popular.  Father Christmas still has his identity but had merged with the new Christmas figure, now reflecting the traits of Santa Claus.

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