Monday, December 26, 2011

A Southern Response to Nast's Santa

Alright, now Northern children had a Santa Claus bringing them stuff. Would that Santa then ignore the children of the South in those war years?

A Dec. 1862 editorial in the Staunton, Virginia Spectator noted that "as Kris Kringle is a fat Dutchman with Yankee proclivities" and very likely "stingy in the distribution of his presents of candy, cakes, toys, etc., to the little ones.

It urged Staunton's children to hang up their stockings anyway and unless "if he be not wholly Yankeeized" would fill them as before.

I Don't Think They Much Liked Yankees. --Old B-Runner

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