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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

Jolly Ole St. Nick Santa Costume - Santa Costumes

Jolly Ole St. Nick Santa Costume - Santa Costumes

$275.54  $137.77

Christmas Costumes - This super deluxe Mens Jol... [Read more]

Brand: In Character Costumes

Deluxe Mrs. Claus Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

Deluxe Mrs. Claus Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

$142.38  $71.19

Adult Costumes - This Deluxe Mrs. Claus Adult C... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Victorian Santa Costume

Victorian Santa Costume

$195.00  $122.15

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

Brand: Halco

Mrs. Santa Costume - Christmas Costumes

Mrs. Santa Costume - Christmas Costumes

$266.13  $133.07

Adult Costume - This classic Mrs. Santa Costume... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies Costume Company

Mrs. Claus Skirt & Hat

Mrs. Claus Skirt & Hat

$57.95  $37.00

Mrs. Claus Skirt & Hat, XL Matching skirt a... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Classic Mrs. Claus Christmas Costume - Christmas Costumes

Classic Mrs. Claus Christmas Costume - Christmas Costumes

$66.28  $33.14

Adult Costume - Deck the halls in this sweet-as... [Read more]

Brand: Forum

Deluxe Plush Santa Costume - Christmas Costumes

Deluxe Plush Santa Costume - Christmas Costumes

$111.09  $55.55

Adult Costumes - This Deluxe Plush Santa Suit C... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies Costume Company

Professional Santa Suit (58-62) Costume

Professional Santa Suit (58-62) Costume

$498.66  $210.69

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

Brand: Halco

Deluxe Santa Suit Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

Deluxe Santa Suit Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

$142.67  $71.34

Santa Claus Costumes - This Deluxe Santa Suit A... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Classic Santa Suit Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

Classic Santa Suit Adult Costume - Christmas Costumes

$74.79  $37.40

Santa Costumes - This adult Classic Santa Suit ... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Kris Kringle Suit Standard Costume

Kris Kringle Suit Standard Costume

$188.48  $95.46

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

Brand: Halco

Santa Baby Costume - Christmas Costumes

Santa Baby Costume - Christmas Costumes

$46.19  $23.10

Baby Costumes - This Santa Claus Baby Costume f... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Santa's Helper Elf Christmas Costume - Christmas Costume

Santa's Helper Elf Christmas Costume - Christmas Costume

$42.49  $21.25

Adult Costume - Santa's Helper Unixex Elf Costu... [Read more]

Brand: Forum

Santa's Lil' Elf Christmas Costume - Christmas Costumes

Santa's Lil' Elf Christmas Costume - Christmas Costumes

$88.76  $44.38

Baby Costumes - This Baby Santa's Little Elf Co... [Read more]

Brand: In Character Costumes

Super Deluxe Santa's Elf Costume - Christmas Costumes

Super Deluxe Santa's Elf Costume - Christmas Costumes

$199.86  $99.93

Adult Costume - This super deluxe Mens Santa's ... [Read more]

Brand: In Character Costumes

St. Nicholas Wig and Beard Costume Set - Costume Wigs

St. Nicholas Wig and Beard Costume Set - Costume Wigs

$25.29  $12.65

Christmas Costumes - This St. Nicholas Wig and ... [Read more]

Brand: California Costumes

Professional Santa Wig and Beard Costume Set - Santa Costumes

Professional Santa Wig and Beard Costume Set - Santa Costumes

$56.09  $28.05

Costume Wigs - This Professional Santa Wig and ... [Read more]

Brand: Forum

Round Santa Glasses - Christmas Costumes

Round Santa Glasses - Christmas Costumes

$11.04  $4.42

Christmas Costume Accessory - These Santa Glass... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies Costume Company

Adult Green Elf Shoe Covers - Elf Costume Accessories

Adult Green Elf Shoe Covers - Elf Costume Accessories

$27.49  $13.75

Adult Green Elf Shoe Covers [Read more]

Brand: Funny Fashion

Deluxe Santa Boot Tops - Christmas Costumes

Deluxe Santa Boot Tops - Christmas Costumes

$39.86  $19.93

These Deluxe Santa Boot Tops are made of a blac... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies Costume Company

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