Coca-Cola’s Role in Shaping the American Image of Santa Claus

Whenever a folk tradition becomes popular, you can be sure that a large company will try to appropriate it for itself.  Coke claims it created the jolly old man as we know him today. By David Bollier Whenever a folk tradition becomes popular, you can be sure that a large company will try to appropriate it[…]

Teleporting and Psychedelic Mushrooms: A History of Saint Nicholas, Santa, and His Helpers

Several of Santa’s modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being ‘naughty or nice’), were part of his image from the very beginning. By Dr. Louise Pryke and Dr. Christopher MalonePryke: Lecturer, Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel, Macquarie UniversityMalone: Honorary Associate, University of Sydney There are many sides to the beloved figure of Santa Claus – a giant of[…]