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This is from The Boston Phoenix.com.

Did a soda-pop company invent Santa?

by Seeta Pena Gangadharan

Santa Claus is the result of a Coke deal.

No joke. Fat, jolly Santa — the guy with the red suit and cap, the thick black belt and sooty boots, the rosy cheeks, the luminous eyes, the brighter-than-white teeth — is the spawn of an advertising campaign by Coca-Cola back in the 1930s.

Surprised? Don’t be. As far as Coca-Cola is concerned, this is public knowledge. The company is open about its role in popularizing Santa; it has even sponsored gallery exhibitions on “Advertising as Art” that explain how it all happened, one of which was held at the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, in 1996. Here’s the story:

Back in the late 19th century, when Coca-Cola was new, the whole purpose of the beverage was medicinal. If you were feeling “low” or if you suffered from headaches, a Coke was the perfect remedy. The featured ingredient — cocaine, or coca-bean extract — guaranteed a renewed agility and acuity. Indeed, many people found out about Coke from their pharmacists; the company paid pharmacists a commission if drugstores allowed them to install a carbonation tap on the premises.

By the 1930s, Coca-Cola needed to re-evaluate its business plan. The more controversial aspects of the beverage had long been dealt with (as early as 1903, coca-bean extract was removed and caffeine took its place), but it was the Depression; beverage sales were slow — especially in the wintry months — and Coca-Cola needed a new hook and line to attract the American market.

So, in 1931, Coca-Cola changed its target audience: from the adult looking for a pharmaceutical pick-me-up to the whole family. Coca-Cola was now a great taste to be enjoyed by everyone! To bring the point home, the company launched an extensive advertising campaign that pioneered the use of well-known artists as ad designers. Coca-Cola blitzed pharmacies and stores with promotional material suitable for the whole family.

The most successful illustrations were by a Swedish artist named Haddon Sundblom, whose work depicted a portly white man in a red suit bringing joy to family and friends with a bottle of Coke. The figure in the illustrations was the first modern Santa.


Naturally Coke can’t take full credit for bringing Santa into the homes and hearts of Americans everywhere; the full history of Santa Claus is much longer than the history of the Coca-Cola company. Various folk traditions incorporate mysterious holiday gift givers: St. Nicholas, loosely based on a fourth-century bishop of Asia Minor; a Scandinavian dwarf or a goat; Kolyada, the white-robed girl of pre-revolutionary Russia who arrived atop a sleigh with accompanying carolers; and the many religious gift bearers associated with the Magi.

In the United States, the Dutch were primarily responsible for spreading the idea of Sante Klaas, whose character was based on one of their revered bishops. Sante Klaas gave form to the current myth of Santa and fleshed out his reputation as a gift giver: eight flying reindeer, living near the North Pole, filling socks with presents, arriving through the chimney.

Two people are usually given credit for creating the American version of Santa: Clement C. Moore and Thomas Nast. In 1823, Moore wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” the poem we generally think of as ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” His description of Santa is suggestive of a fat man, in the gnomish fashion of the earlier European versions.

The poem reads:

His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow . . .
He had a broad face, a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly elf . . . 

Nearly 40 years later, political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew a version of St. Nicholas for Harper’s Illustrated Weekly. Nast’s Santa, now a famous image, wears a woolly suit and resembles a stout elf with whiskers and a beard. But still, he doesn’t look quite like Santa. Most of Nast’s illustrations were black and white, but even in his color renditions, Santa prefigures the modern, commercial image only vaguely. Most notably, his trademark bright red color is missing.

As a jolly man in a red suit, Santa Claus is pure Coke. The company found that Haddon Sundblom’s image of Santa Claus — modeled, incidentally, on a retired salesman named Lou Prentice — hit the right buttons in terms of stirring the hearts and quenching the thirsts of consumers everywhere. The company contracted with Sundblom to continue making Coke ads with this model for the next 35 years.

Using Sundblom’s version of Santa, Coca-Cola orchestrated a full frontal attack on the market. Santa-Coke propaganda was everywhere. Magazine advertisements were particularly popular, as were point-of-purchase promotional items. Collectibles, too, were another way that Coca-Cola expanded its presence — a strategy that is standard today for any advertiser, from Camel to Nike.

Coca-Cola also patented a formula for the bright red color used for Coke packaging and for Santa’s suit. Any artist working for Coca-Cola was required to use this color red; every Santa in every Coke ad was the exact same red color as the Coke label. As with its famous bottle, Coke had given birth to a nearly universal American icon.


A marketing campaign, of course, can be too successful for its own good. We no longer associate the Coca-Cola company with Santa, even a Santa dressed in the exact color of a Coke can. In becoming ubiquitous, the two icons have become independent again. Now the link is a matter of advertising history, something to be studied by marketing students and maybe the slew of tourists and French citizens who saw Coke’s exhibit at the Louvre. Occasionally, Coca-Cola revives Sundblom’s Santa in a nostalgic appeal to its loyal consumers, but the story is rarely told.

As Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, concluded:

Prior to the Sundblom illustrations, the Christmas saint had been variously illustrated wearing blue, yellow, green, or red. . . . After the soft-drink ads, Santa would forever more be a huge, fat, relentlessly happy man with broad belt and black hip boots — and he would wear Coca-Cola red. . . . While Coca-Cola has had a subtle, pervasive influence on our culture, it has directly shaped the way we think of Santa.

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This is from The World of Christmas.net.

Here are some of the names of Santa Claus or Father Christmas.

Santa Claus is one of the most famous characters that is loved by children all over the world. He is known for giving gifts to good kids on Christmas Eve.
He is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle, Santy or simply Santa.
In many countries, kids, especially ‘in spirit’, believe Father Christmas as being real.
Other names by which Father Christmas is known in other countries are:
  • Afghanistan – Baba Chaghaloo
  • Armenia – Gaghant Baba
  • Brazil – Papai Noel
  • Czech Republic – Ježíšek
  • Denmark – Julemanden
  • France and French Canada – Le Père Noël
  • Germany – Weihnachtsmann
  • Iraq and South Africa – Goosaleh
  • Ireland & Scottish Highlands – Daidí na Nollag
  • Italy – Babbo Natale
  • Portugal – Pai Natal
  • Romania – Mos Craciun
  • Spain and Mexico – Papá Noel
  • Netherlands and Belgium – Sinterklaas
Saint Nicholas or Kriss Kringle was a historical figure, believed to be the kind bishop of Turkey.
He used to give presents to the needy, poor and good kids, just to make them smile. Thus, he became the subject of many folktales and mythical fantasies.
With time, his image changes to the modern version of Santa Claus with a long white beard, red robes and red bonnet with white trimmings, a big round belly and a kindly cheerful smile on his face and sparkling eyes.
He is believed to live at North Pole or Lapland in Finland along with his team of elves, reindeers and his wife, Mrs. Claus.
Together, they keep a record of all good children all over the world and give them the requested presents near Christmas time.
They make toys, cookies and even make miracles happen for them. With time, Santa became so popular that today he is used as a promotional tool for many shopping malls and stores during Christmas time to lure kids and their families.
Santa loves children who are kind and obedient to their elders.

Gun Shop’s Christmas Sign Has Liberals FURIOUS [PHOTO]

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This is from Conservative Tribune.

Liberals are in favor of the First Amendment only when the speechs favors their position.

 

We’ve shared stories of many billboards that seem to make liberals go bonkers. Isn’t it funny how they’re the first to shout “First Amendment!” and “free speech!” but only if it falls within their agenda?

This latest billboard, which uses First Amendment rights to show support for the Second Amendment is no exception. Liberals all over the city of Chico, Cali. are going absolutely bananas over it.

The hilarious billboard depicts Santa Claus sporting a high-end AR-15 rifle with the message, “We build AR’s for Santa” right next to it. It’s got to be one of the best billboards we’ve seen in a while. (H/TTheBlaze)

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The co-owner of Down Range Indoor Training Center, Steve Dyke, thought the billboard was hilarious and clever – and rightfully so. “We’re right next to the freeway, so we have to do something to catch people’s eye,” he told local reporters.

One liberal who was steaming over the sign  said, “The idea of this symbol of joy and giving holding an assault rifle it’s just so contradictory. You almost don’t know what to do with it.”

Another liberal mother told the same reporter, “I just don’t think I would like my son to see Santa holding a gun and having to explain to him that’s usually not what’s Santa’s holding…it’s presents.”

But Dyke had the perfect counter to that statement when he said, “Some people get toys and stuff like that for Christmas,” he told KOVR. “[W]hen I was growing up, I got guns from Santa Claus.”

As Dyke said, it’s all about where you come from and how you grow up. Liberals freak out at the mere sight of a gun and call it “scary” – even if it’s on a billboard canvas.

Anti-gun liberals are usually “scared” of guns based on looks alone and the fact that they’ve never held one or used one before at a target range.

But Dyke said that a majority of the feedback he’s received so far is positive.

One customer, Bob Marshall, said it’s all about First and Second Amendment rights. “I believe in it fully,” Marshall stated.

Dyke told reporters there is no chance it’s coming down – it’s been a huge promotional tool for the store during the holidays.

Apparently they have some ideas for the Easter Bunny and Cupid down the line, so stay tuned.

WHITE HOUSE: NO ONE CAN STOP OUR WAR ON ENERGY

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This is from Human Events.

This will not end well for the American people.

We are going to suffer because the Obamabots want everything promised by Santa Claus and voted that way.

 

 

There’s one thing Barack Obama told the truth about in his 2008 run, one thing he’s never really wavered from: he’s going to smash the power industry and drive up our energy costs.  In a time of falling poll numbers and swirling scandals, with his party facing a grim midterm election, he’s decided to be pugnacious about it, sending forth his minions to brag that no one can stop his War on Energy, and signaling that Democrat support for his efforts is mandatory.  Fox News reports:

White House counselor John Podesta said Monday that attempts by congressional lawmakers to block the Obama administration’s climate action plan will fail.

Podesta told reporters during a briefing at the White House that President Obama is committed to moving forward with controversial Clean Air Act regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions for all new coal and gas-fired power plants.

“So they may try, but I think that there are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue. And I think — with respect to the commitment of Democrats to support a cleaner energy future, I think there’s a strong sentiment there,” Podesta said.

Republicans have branded the president’s climate plan as a “war on coal” and have sponsored legislation to roll back planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards they argue will harm the nation’s economy.

“They’ll find various ways, particularly in the House, to try to stop us from using the authority we have under the Clean Air Act. All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working. We’re committed to moving forward with those rules,” Podesta said.

Except Podesta went on to lay out one way Republicans can beat back this Democrat war on the middle class: push for the Keystone XL pipeline.

He cited an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as an example of bipartisan support for clean energy.

Some Republicans want to add an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, leaving Obama with a more complicated choice, since large numbers of lawmakers in both parties are likely to favor the broader measure.

“We hope that it passes,” Podesta said of the legislation. “But if it passes with unacceptable riders, then it will be headed to the watery depths, I guess.”

To support this effort and frighten Americans into accepting the new levels of poverty ordained by their rulers, the Administrations’ witch doctors are back to blaming the weather on global warming, shaking their medicine sticks and warning that the Angry Sky Gods will strike us down with tornadoes and hurricanes if we don’t pay tribute to their bureaucratic clergy:

Meanwhile, the Obama administration will argue in a report to be released Tuesday that global warming is changing Americans’ daily lives and will worsen, according to study co-author Donald Wuebbles, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois.

“We’re already seeing extreme weather and it’s happening now,” Wuebbles told The Associated Press on Monday. “We’re seeing more heat waves, particularly in the West and in the South.”

This final report is a rewritten and shortened version of a draft that was released in January 2013, with more scientific references, reviews by experts and the public, and a thorough review by the National Academy of Sciences, said Wuebbles and report lead author Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. There is even stronger evidence than in 2013, Yohe said.

The draft came out just as meteorologists calculated that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the United States, but last year was slightly cooler than the 20th century average. And in the time since the draft report was released, the United States has seen lots of extremes.

See?  2013 was cooler than 2012, so that proves climate change.  Just like 2013 being hotter than 2012 would have proved climate change.  Or if 2013 had been exactly the same as 2012, that would have proved climate change.  It’s all so obvious, you benighted peasants!

For the benefit of anyone tempted to fall for this voodoo routine, extreme weather events are growing less common worldwide. The Keystone XL pipeline, blocked on the orders of billionaire Democrat puppetmaster Tom Steyer, would increase American carbon emissions by less than 0.3 percent – far less than what cows release through their farts, although in fairness the climate-change fanatics want to regulate that, too.  U.S. carbon emissions, in turn, are but a fraction of what is produced by a world that has scant interest in joining us on the path to pre-industrial poverty.  Biofuels, implemented at fantastic expense under previous edicts from the Church of Global Warming, turns out to produce more greenhouse gas than plain old gas.  Diesel fuel, pushed by an even older load of “settled science,” worked out to be more toxic than gasoline, too.

The connection between man-made greenhouse effects and the California drought is tenuous and speculative at best; despite the Administration’s alarmist rhetoric, the climate-change movement is using its computer models (which have been wrong about just about everything thus far) to argue that human activity intensified the drought conditions somehow, rather than being a primary cause.  And the Church of Global Warming is still struggling to explain why there hasn’t been much in the way of global “climate change” for nearly 20 years.

Obama’s green energy “investments” have been spectacular failures.  Another one, Smith Electric Vehicles, just went belly-up after sucking down $32 million in taxpayer “stimulus” money, creating a quarter of the jobs that were promised, and leaving its creditors holding unpaid invoices.  The last thing the American people want is another truckload of their money handed out to the Democrat Party’s big contributors for another wave of crony-capitalism disasters.  They don’t care about Obama’s “climate change” agenda much at all, judging from the polls.  What they want is more jobs and a stronger economy.  What they’ll get is further stagnation and higher energy bills, slamming into private sector that already teeters on the verge of a new recession.

This should all be a fairly easy political layup for Republicans, especially given the number of already-endangered Democrats hailing from coal and energy states.  Obama’s environmentalist agenda is an exercise in big-bucks cronyism, a last-gasp effort to milk political power out of the dying global-warming movement, and a final stage in what his ideology portrays as the irreversible transformation of Americans into a poorer, slower, simpler, more compliant people.  We’ll have less energy to pour into entrepreneurial ventures, less money to invest in markets we have made to feel increasingly estranged from, less mobility to thwart the designs of central planners, and greater dependence upon government subsidies to cover the basic necessities of life.

Conversely, increased energy costs are easily absorbed by wealthy and politically-connected aristocrats – you won’t see Al Gore’s titanic carbon footprint getting any smaller, because he can easily afford the increased fuel and electricity costs that will crush you.  After all these months of bleating about “income inequality,” Democrats are ready to push ahead with a war on energy that will do more than almost anything else to make such inequality worse.

Santa Claus

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This is from The World of Christmas.net.

Here are some of the names of Santa Claus or Father Christmas.

Santa Claus is one of the most famous characters that is loved by children all over the world. He is known for giving gifts to good kids on Christmas Eve. He is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle, Santy or simply Santa. In many countries, kids, especially ‘in spirit’, believe Father Christmas as being real. Other names by which Father Christmas is known in other countries are:
  • Afghanistan – Baba Chaghaloo
  • Armenia – Gaghant Baba
  • Brazil – Papai Noel
  • Czech Republic – Ježíšek
  • Denmark – Julemanden
  • France and French Canada – Le Père Noël
  • Germany – Weihnachtsmann
  • Iraq and South Africa – Goosaleh
  • Ireland & Scottish Highlands – Daidí na Nollag
  • Italy – Babbo Natale
  • Portugal – Pai Natal
  • Romania – Mos Craciun
  • Spain and Mexico – Papá Noel
  • Netherlands and Belgium – Sinterklaas
Saint Nicholas or Kriss Kringle was a historical figure, believed to be the kind bishop of Turkey. He used to give presents to the needy, poor and good kids, just to make them smile. Thus, he became the subject of many folktales and mythical fantasies. With time, his image changes to the modern version of Santa Claus with a long white beard, red robes and red bonnet with white trimmings, a big round belly and a kindly cheerful smile on his face and sparkling eyes.He is believed to live at North Pole or Lapland in Finland along with his team of elves, reindeers and his wife, Mrs. Claus. Together, they keep a record of all good children all over the world and give them the requested presents near Christmas time. They make toys, cookies and even make miracles happen for them. With time, Santa became so popular that today he is used as a promotional tool for many shopping malls and stores during Christmas time to lure kids and their families. Santa loves children who are kind and obedient to their elders.

 

A little military Christmas humour:

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H/T to Old NFO.

OPERATION ORDER 12-05:
OFFICIAL VISIT OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL S. CLAUS


An official staff visit by Lt Gen Claus is expected at this base on 25 Dec.

The following directives govern activities of all personnel during the visit: 

Not a creature will stir without permission. This includes Officers, Warrant Officers,Staff Non-commissioned Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and mice. Marines may obtain special stirring permits for necessary tasks through the Battalion S-1 Office (See Company Office for PAR).

  • All personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap no later than 2200 hours, 24 December. Uniform for the nap will be: pajamas: cotton, light-weight, general purpose, olive-green; and cap: battle-dress: utilities – Woodland pattern. Equipment will be drawn from supply prior to 1900 hours. While at supply, all personnel will review their personal hand receipts and sign a Cash Collection Voucher, DD Form 1131, for all missing items. Remember that this is the “season of giving.”
  • Personnel will utilize standard T-ration sugarplums for visions to dance in their heads. Sugarplums are available in T-ration sundry packs and should be eaten with egg loaf, chopped ham, and spice cake to ensure maximum visions are experienced.
  • T-ration sundry packs can be picked up at the Medina Dining Facility (MDFAC) from 0800-1800 24 Dec. The S-4 will coordinate the acquisition and distribution of the T-ration sugarplums and accompanying items.
  • Stockings – wool, cushion sole, olive-green – will be hung by the chimneys with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fires caused by carelessly hung stockings. Platoon commanders will submit stocking handling plans to the S-3T, Training Chief, prior to 0800 hours, 24 Dec.
  • All Platoon commanders will ensure their subordinate personnel attend mandatory stocking-hanging safety classes and are briefed on the safety aspects of stocking hanging by the Safety Officer.
  • Stocking Safety will be taught 18 Dec at 1900 in the conference room of Bldg 321. Stocking Licenses will be issued at that time. Stockings will be issued out of the pebble shack on a first come first serve basis from 1400 – 1600 on 19 December.
  • At first sound of clatter, all personnel will spring from their racks to investigate and evaluate the cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw up the window sashes.
  • On order, Operations Plan (OPLAN) 7-01 (North Pole Contingency), para 6-8-A9(3), dated 4 Mar, this office, takes effect to facilitate shutter-tearing and sash-throwing. Platoon Commanders, Platoon Sergeants, and all Marines of the Guard will be familiar with procedures and are responsible for seeing that no shutters are torn or sashes thrown in the barracks prior to the start of official clatter.

 

  • Prior to 0001 hours, date of visit, all personnel possessing Standard Target Acquisition and Night Observation (STANO) equipment will be assigned “wondering eyeball” stations.
  • The Sergeant of the Guard will ensure that these stations are adequately manned even after shutters are torn and sashes are thrown.
  • The Company Training Chief, in coordination with the U.S. Transportation Command(CinC-Trans) and Motor T, will assign one each Sleigh, Miniature, M-24A3 and eight (8) reindeer, tiny, for use by LtGen Claus.
  • The assigned driver must have a current sleigh operator’s license with rooftop permit and evidence of attendance at the winter driving class stamped on his Department of Navy Form 348.
  • Driver must also be able to clearly shout “On, Dancer! On, Prancer!” etc.

 

  • Lt Gen Claus will initially enter Bldg 302 through the front entryway.
  • All buildings without chimneys will requisition Chimney Simulator, M6A1, for use during the visit.
  • Request chimney simulator on Department of Navy Form 2765-1, which will be submitted in four copies to the Company Gunnery Sergeant prior to 20 December.
  • Personnel will ensure that chimneys are properly cleaned before turn-in at the conclusion of visit.
  • Personnel will be rehearsed in the shouting of “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” or “Merry Christmas to All and to all a Good Night!” This shout will be given upon termination of the visit.
  • Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of the Senior Enlisted Marine.


(Signed)
For The Commander 

 

Coke Lore: The History of the Modern Day Santa Claus

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This is from Coca-Cola.com.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus and Coca-Cola

The Santa Claus we all know and love — that big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard — didn’t always look that way. In fact, many people are surprised to learn that prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop’s robe and a Norse huntsman’s animal skin.

In fact, when Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

Here, a few other things you may not have realized about the cheerful guy in the red suit.

1. Santa Has Been Featured in Coke Ads Since the 1920s

The Coca-Cola Company began its Christmas advertising in the 1920s with shopping-related ads in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post. The first Santa ads used a strict-looking Claus, in the vein of Thomas Nast.

In 1930, artist Fred Mizen painted a department-store Santa in a crowd drinking a bottle of Coke. The ad featured the world’s largest soda fountain, which was located in the department store Famous Barr Co. in St. Louis, Mo. Mizen’s painting was used in print ads that Christmas season, appearing in The Saturday Evening Post in December 1930.

2. Coca-Cola Helped Shape the Image of Santa

In 1931 the company began placing Coca-Cola ads in popular magazines. Archie Lee, the D’Arcy Advertising Agency executive working with The Coca-Cola Company, wanted the campaign to show a wholesome Santa who was both realistic and symbolic. So Coca-Colacommissioned Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to develop advertising images using Santa Claus — showing Santa himself, not a man dressed as Santa.

For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore‘s 1822 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (commonly called “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”). Moore’s description of St. Nick led to an image of a warm, friendly, pleasantly plump and human Santa. (And even though it’s often said that Santa wears a red coat because red is the color of Coca-Cola, Santa appeared in a red coat before Sundblom painted him.)

Sundblom’s Santa debuted in 1931 in Coke ads in The Saturday Evening Post and appeared regularly in that magazine, as well as in Ladies Home JournalNational GeographicThe New Yorker and others.

From 1931 to 1964, Coca-Cola advertising showed Santa delivering toys (and playing with them!), pausing to read a letter and enjoy a Coke, visiting with the children who stayed up to greet him, and raiding the refrigerators at a number of homes. The original oil paintings Sundblom created were adapted for Coca-Cola advertising in magazines and on store displays, billboards, posters, calendars and plush dolls. Many of those items today are popularcollectibles.

Sundblom created his final version of Santa Claus in 1964, but for several decades to follow,Coca-Cola advertising featured images of Santa based on Sundblom’s original works. These paintings are some of the most prized pieces in the art collection in the company’s archives department and have been on exhibit around the world, in famous locales including the Louvrein Paris, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Isetan Department Store in Tokyo, and the NK Department Store in Stockholm. Many of the original paintings can be seen on display at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga.

3. The “New Santa” Was Based on a Salesman

In the beginning, Sundblom painted the image of Santa using a live model — his friend Lou Prentiss, a retired salesman. When Prentiss passed away, Sundblom used himself as a model, painting while looking into a mirror. Finally, he began relying on photographs to create the image of St. Nick.

People loved the Coca-Cola Santa images and paid such close attention to them that when anything changed, they sent letters to The Coca-Cola Company. One year, Santa’s large belt was backwards (perhaps because Sundblom was painting via a mirror). Another year, Santa Claus appeared without a wedding ring, causing fans to write asking what happened to Mrs. Claus.

The children who appear with Santa in Sundblom’s paintings were based on Sundblom’s neighbors — two little girls. So he changed one to a boy in his paintings.

The dog in Sundblom’s 1964 Santa Claus painting was actually a gray poodle belonging to the neighborhood florist. But Sundblom wanted the dog to stand out in the holiday scene, so he painted the animal with black fur.

4. Santa Claus Got a New Friend in 1942

In 1942, Coca-Cola introduced “Sprite Boy,” a character who appeared with Santa Claus inCoca-Cola advertising throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Sprite Boy, who was also created by Sundblom, got his name due to the fact that he was a sprite, or an elf. (It wasn’t until the 1960s that Coca-Cola introduced the popular beverage Sprite.)

5. Santa Became Animated in 2001

In 2001, the artwork from Sundblom’s 1962 painting was the basis for an animated TV commercial starring the Coca-Cola Santa. The ad was created by Academy Award-winning animator Alexandre Petrov.

Alan Jackson – ” Ruldolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer “

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5 Things Obamacare Teaches You About Liberals

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This is from Town Hall.

Enough said.

 

1) It’s inherently dishonest: In many ways, Obamacare is a typical liberal program. Unfortunately for Barack Obama, there are two key differences. The first is that the Affordable Care Act was implemented on a short enough timetable for people to remember the promises that were made about it. Furthermore, because it is such an enormous program, it impacts a lot more lives. Otherwise, it’s a standard liberal program that makes promises it never intends to keep and does more damage than good. Liberal programs usually have huge, yet very predictable downsides that are systematically hidden, ignored and downplayed because liberal ideas can’t survive an educated, honest debate about whether they work or not.

2) Results are irrelevant: Barack Obama promised that if you like your insurance, you can keep it. He said the same thing about your doctor. He claimed Obamacare would REDUCE the cost of health care, save the average person money and provide universal coverage. Not only are all of those promises untrue, it’s hard to miss the fact that no one on the Left SEEMS TO CARE. That’s because whether Obamacare actually works or not is secondary to left-wing goals like centralizing government power, gaining more control over the American people and making liberals feel good about themselves. This is the rule, not the exception when it comes to liberals. Put another way, whether a liberal supports a program doesn’t have anything to do with whether it works or not.

3) It penalizes success: Contrary to what you’d believe if you listen to the Left,85% of Americans were perfectly happy with their insurance before the Affordable Care Act came along. Yet because of Obamacare, tens of millions of those people are going to lose their health insurance and most of them will pay more. In other words, our health care system was working just fine for the vast majority of Americans until Barack Obama took a wrecking ball to it. So, in order to help a relatively small number of people, liberals are perfectly willing to penalize Americans — who worked hard, played by the rules and took care of themselves — with much higher costs and lost plans. This is standard operating procedure for liberals who act as if doing well enough to live your life free of welfare, food stamps and government nannies is “cheating.”

4) It doesn’t work: A hammer is a good tool to use for pounding nails. It’s not such a great tool to use in place of a screwdriver, saw or wrench. Government can be a good tool as well when it’s used for the limited purposes for which it’s designed — such as putting up street signs, building roads and forming a military to protect us from other nations. The problem with liberals is that they want to use their government hammer for every task imaginable instead of letting the free market provide the right tool for the job. You think a billing dispute with an insurance company is unpleasant? Wait until you’re hashing it out with the IRS. You don’t like to deal with your insurance company? Wait until you have a problem with your insurance and can’t get it corrected until you get approval from a government agent. Our government is slow, stupid, arrogant and generally unfriendly to consumers. The more government you have in your life, the more unpleasant your life is likely to be.

5) There are no trade-offs: Liberals seem to be incapable of mentally comprehending trade-offs. So instead, they present Utopian visions of how life would look in a perfect world and offer that up as a political alternative to the messy, oftentimes unpleasant reality we live in. It would be fantastic if Santa Claus, Star Trek replicators, and genies were real, but when you seek heaven on earth, you’re more likely to start wandering towards hell.

 

The Christmas Guest

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This is by everybody’s favorite Grandpa,Grandpa Jones.

 

 

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