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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2007 04:11 am
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Cleburne Fan,

  The modern concept of Santa Claus in America is generally credited to the famous cartoonist, Thomas Nast, beginning in 1863. As you said, Santa : "evolved' over time into what we have now with the Christmas holiday.

  Here is the story of Santa Claus from Wikepedia:

 

Santa Claus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  And here is a bio of Thomas Nast from Jayne McCormick's "Bits of Blue and Gray" website:

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