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Santa Claus Through History - a brief evolution of the Santa suit

The tradition of Santa Claus dates back to St Nicholas - a Turkish bishop (circa 300 AD) from a wealthy family who gave bags of gold to the poor at Christmas time. Accordingly, the earliest portrayals of Santa Claus depict a man in bishop's robes with a long, white beard. The robes were originally red and white, but the color varied by country and culture.

The pipe-smoking "jolly old elf" in the red and white suit was first drawn up by Thomas Nast in the mid-1800's. This image was later embellished by Haddon Sundblom in early 20th century Coca-Cola ads, adding the fur trim, black boots and belt of the modern-day Santa Claus.

Santa's jacket has become fashionably shorter since the Sundblom illustrations.

Santa Claus, St Nicholas, Father Christmas or Kris Kringle - call him what you want, this beloved character has been around for centuries with fashionable updates in attire through the years (see sidebar). Buy old style, classic and modern Santa costumes, professional santa suits, elf costumes, accessories like boots, belts and Santa Bellys, and costumes for the best-dressed Mrs. Claus (traditional to sassy).

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Kris Kringle Costume

Kris Kringle Costume

$139.95  $117.93

Kris Kringle Kris Kringle Costume is a red pont... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Super Deluxe Old Time Santa Suit Costume

Super Deluxe Old Time Santa Suit Costume

$424.94  $347.68

This Super Deluxe Old Time Santa features a lon... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Victorian Santa Costume

Victorian Santa Costume

$195.00  $118.78

Velvet cape and caplet with long hair border an... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Mrs. Claus Deluxe Costume

Mrs. Claus Deluxe Costume

$190.75  $68.00

You'll look like the queen of the North Pole dr... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Mrs. Claus Costume

Mrs. Claus Costume

$99.95  $58.95

This cute costume includes a crimson red velvet... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Mrs. Claus Dress Plus Costume

Mrs. Claus Dress Plus Costume

$356.91  $182.74

Mrs. Claus never looked so good! Made of exquis... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Mrs. Santa Costume

Mrs. Santa Costume

$267.00  $127.54

Get into holiday spirit when you wear this Mrs.... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Kris Kringle Suit Adult Plus Costume

Kris Kringle Suit Adult Plus Costume

$202.91  $160.96

This popular style santa suit is deluxe pile pl... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Santa Suit

Santa Suit

$107.90  $48.26

This Santa Suit includes: Plush jacket and pant... [Read more]

Brand: Underwraps

Legacy Santa Suit Costume

Legacy Santa Suit Costume

$125.90  $64.14

Includes jacket with zipper front closure, pant... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Santa Suit Deluxe Costume

Santa Suit Deluxe Costume

$577.90  $208.11

This suit is made of a bright red deluxe pile p... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Santa Plush Regency Costume

Santa Plush Regency Costume

$126.34  $68.01

Lined jacket with zipper front and belt loops, ... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Santa Claus Suit Plush Costume

Santa Claus Suit Plush Costume

$146.00  $46.70

This jolly costume is made of red velvet with l... [Read more]

Brand: RG Costumes

Deluxe Santa Suit Velvet Costume

Deluxe Santa Suit Velvet Costume

$210.14

Made of fine quality red velvet with luxurious,... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Santa Suit Premium Plush Costume

Santa Suit Premium Plush Costume

$180.00  $70.50

Trimmed with rich fake rabbit fur. Includes: ja... [Read more]

Brand: Fun World

Mrs. Claus Red Mop Hat

Mrs. Claus Red Mop Hat

$22.00  $11.00

HAT MRS. CLAUSE RED MOP [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Mrs. Claus Wig Adult

Mrs. Claus Wig Adult

$82.38  $57.49

Natural color, synthetic fiber, fully washble, ... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Santa Wig And Beard

Santa Wig And Beard

$67.44  $50.19

Full deluxe wig with ringlets and full curly be... [Read more]

Brand: Fun World

Round Santa Glasses

Round Santa Glasses

$14.32  $10.12

A pair of Santa glasses. Plastic lenses. Adjust... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Santa Adult Boots

Santa Adult Boots

$99.66  $39.82

Includes: (1) pair of side zipper black santa b... [Read more]

Brand: PleaserUSA

Santa Belly Economical

Santa Belly Economical

$41.90  $24.80

Includes one lightly padded Santa belly. Wig, f... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

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