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   The History Channel Christmas 4 Episode Collection : Christmas Unwrapped The History Of Christmas , Santa Claus Biography , Christmas Tech Modern Marvels , Its A Wonderful Time To Be Weird All Things Wacky About Christmas : 200 Minutes
The Real Santa Claus - Legends of Saint Nicholas Marianna Mayer
In this worthy companion to her other works about religious figures, Mayer (Young Jesus of Nazareth) uses several brief stories to introduce the fourth-century orphan boy turned miracle-working bishop who inspired the modern holiday image of Santa Claus/Father Christmas. Masterpieces from European museums and churches illustrate scenes from the saint's life; laid out on pages framed and accented with gold paint, they create a setting far more elegant and reverent than the nostalgic cover art would suggest.
The Autobiography of Santa Claus: It's Better to Give  
Jeff Guinn  This enchanting story of St. Nicholas is based on historical facts and laced with the magic of legend told from the perspective of Santa himself. Filled with details of Nicholas's life, the beginnings of his gift giving, the expansion of his holiday calling, and more, this book is for everyone who loves the year's most special holiday.

Click here for Audio CD - it's great!
( I love listening to the tape, while decorating my tree! )

Christmas Dolls by Joan Muyskens Pursley  A collection of contemporary dolls that celebrate the holiday, this beautiful book will bring out the Christmas spirit in all who open its pages. More than 200 color photos of dolls by today’s top international artists and manufacturers bring to life every aspect of this beloved holiday. Many themes that represent Christmas: Madonnas and nativity-scene figures, interpretations of Santa and his helpers, carolers and characters from favorite Christmas Stories, children of Christmas present and glamorous fashion dolls, all decked out for the holidays.
Santa Dolls : Historical to Contemporary - Ann Bahar / Hardcover / Published 1992
Experience old & new Father Christmas dolls crafted in every conceivable & imaginable medium. A sampling of the enormous range of Santa dolls crafted from the past & today by many talented artists. Discover the magic behind the spirit of Santa Claus as each artist shares their story. A MUST FOR EVERY CHRISTMAS ENTHUSIAST! 237 color of 337 photos. 
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn  Combining solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver another heartwarming holiday book for the whole family. Using as its springboard the actual events of a day in 1647 when ten thousand peasants marched through the streets of Canterbury demanding their right to celebrate a beloved holiday, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas is rich in historical detail, adventure, and plain ol' Christmas fun.
Wonderworker: The True Story of How Saint Nicholas Became Santa Claus (Paperback) by Vincent A. Yzermans  Discover the magic inherent in the true story of a man who overcame relative obscurity in a small Mediterranean city and became a cultural icon the world over. In Wonderworker: The True Story of How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus, Msgr. Vincent Yzermans writes a book for his grandnephew that explains the evolution of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus.
Santa Dolls & Figurines Price Guide : Antique to Contemporary,
Revised Edition by Polly Judd, Pam Judd 
Paperback - 160 pages Reprint edition (August 1, 1994)
Santa My Life & Times: An Illustrated Autobiography:  The man, the myth, the legend: Santa Claus. The story behind Santa Claus has always obscured the truth about the real man who lies behind the beard. This is his revealing story, presented for the first time: from his early teenage years when he walked into a forest and was discovered by elves, to his first moments with the future Mrs. Claus, to today--when Santa brings his message of hope, joy and lvoe to the lives of people around the world. The spectacular full-color artwork is by award-winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz, a favorite among fans of graphic art.
The Night Before Christmas or a Visit of St. Nicholas : An Antique Reproduction ~  Clement Clarke Moore / Paperback / Published 1997
Originally written on Christmas Eve, 1822, as a gift for his children, this time-honored holiday poem was never intended for publication by its author, biblical scholar Clement Clarke Moore. This edition, a faithful reproduction of an antique book originally printed in the 1870s from stone lithographs, brings the past to vivid life for present and future generations. Full color. 
Old-Fashioned Santa Claus Cards The best and most unusual cards from rare, pre-WWI collection include traditional and nontraditional views of Santa: in sleigh, with sack of toys, in his workshop, surrounded by adoring children, in a toy-laden airplane, skating on a frozen pond, more.
Celebration by Agatha E. Gilmore "Santa Claus has come in many guises as antique Christmas cards reaveal," writes Agatha Gilmore in her insightful introduction to this unique collection of cards from around the world."
Antique Santa Postcards II by Beverly Port 
From the Collection of Beverly Port. 27 reproduced cards feature an excellent selection of views of the ever-popular and colorful character with a variety of dolls, teddy bears, and other toys.
Old-Fashioned Santa Claus Postcards in Full Color
24 Ready-To-Mail Cards by Suzanne Presley 
( I own these myself and they are wonderful! )
Thomas Nast Christmas Postcards in Full Color : 24 Ready-to-Mail Postcards. Drawings by America's foremost cartoonist and creator of the popular image of Santa, reproduced in full color in postcard form for mailing.
Old-Time Santa Claus Stickers : 24 Full Color Pressure Sensitive
Designs by Carol Belanger Grafton
Spice up your letters with these antique looking stickers!
Ready to Use Santa Claus Illustrations : Copyright-Free Designs,
Printed One Side, Hundreds of Uses (Dover Clip-Art Series) 
by Ted Menten, Theodore Menten 
The Santa Claus Book by Alden Perkes 
Paperback - 132 pages Reprint edition (October 1997)
The ultimate resource for answering kids' questions about Santa PLUS it's great entertainment for all ages...the illustrations are beyond compare!
A Crafter's Book of Santas : More Than 50 Festive Projects 
by Leslie Dierks Hardcover (August 1996) 
34 contributing artist-designers. Santa Claus appears here in a variety of guises, from funky star-surfer mobile to a stern Victorian carved statue, on an embroidery-encrusted jacket or on an elegant serving apron.
The 3-D Night Before Christmas by John Olsen (Illustrator), Clement Clarke Moore 
Paperback - 32 pages (August 1994)
Santa goes 3-D! The classic Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore is illustrated for the first time in colorful and fascinating 3-D stereogram art. 3-D computer artist John Olsen has created whmsical 3-D wonder-workings for this heart-warming poem.
The Complete Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum's wild imagination takes up the Santa Claus story, reinventing it with a new origin myth in line with the Oz fantasies for which Baum is best known. From his humble beginnings as the only human child in an enchanted forest to his ultimate destiny as the immortal being who delivers toys to the children of the world.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, Frank Baum 
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 224 pages (August 1999)
A classic telling of the legend of Santa Claus by the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows St. Nick from his childhood in an enchanted forest to his first voyage on Christmas night. Raised in an enchanted forest by a fairy foster mother and several wise and mythical teachers, the young Claus realizes his calling to make toys for children, enlists the help of reindeer, and receives the special mantle of immortality.
The Legend of Saint Nicholas  This richly illustrated biography focuses on St. Nicholas, born around the year A.D. 280 in what is now Turkey. His active life of spirituality, good works, and miracles, especially concerning children, made him a popular saint after his death. The eventual melding of the December 6 feast day of St. Nicholas, which was celebrated with gift giving and merriment, with Christmas is explained clearly, giving children an understanding of how this man morphed into the Santa Claus they know today. The gilded paintings are full of absorbing, though sometimes anachronistic, details. 

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