The celebration of Christmas is made up of rituals that developed over many centuries and in different cultures. Early Christians long debated over the date of the birth of Christ finally deciding to place the Nativity at the heart of winter. They borrowed or carried over elements of mid-winter celebrations, feasting, traditional foods, garlands of holly, raising the Christmas tree, but most of all, the giving of gifts. Today in our culture we recognize the gift giver as Santa Claus. This jolly fellow is the most loved fictional character of all time but so little of his development is well known. Bob will take us through 4000 years of the evolution of this legend from images of pagan gods to priestly figures as Christianity developed using some of the Christmas figures he carved over the last 30 years.
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