It’s the holidays, and our International Santa Claus collection is back on display!
We revived last year’s North Pole scene with the jolly old elves descending on Santa Claus’ gingerbread house for a pre-Christmas Eve get-together. We added a few new touches to enhance the appearance, and to make room for two new figurines!
El Niño, the gift giver from Mexican tradition, is new to our collection. El Niño – The Child – is the Christ Child who rides on the back of a gentle burro that is adorned with Mexican-print blankets and bells, bearing holiday gifts. We already have Pancho Navidad, a fairly recent addition to Mexican Christmas lore.
Father Christmas of India is the second new addition to our Santa collection. Christmas is celebrated differently in various parts of India, and in some parts, Father Christmas will dispense gifts to children in villages by way of horse and cart with a lantern to light his way through the night.
The Branch acquired its collection of International Santa Claus figurines from a former Branch manager. Starting with ten figurines, we added seven more over the last three years; mainly figurines that represent different countries and cultures that make up the Forest Park community.
You can see each of our Santa figurines in our photostream. Click here to link. But as always, it’s best to see the display in person at the Library!
Click here to see Santa Claus history .
Santa collector Christiane La Crecelle shares pictures and video of her Santa collection on her blog. The blog’s in French, but she adds a greeting in English. (My thanks to her for editing her blog so I can link it here!)
On Christmas Eve, track Santa as he makes his ’round the world delivery run! www.noradsanta.org.
And how fast does Santa have to go to make all of his deliveries? The answer’s here!