The Animations on this Page are to the best of my knowledge are Royalty Free.

These are not the only animations of Santa and more Santa Type Animations can be accessed from the table at the bottom of the page.

 

Santa Claus’ Origin’s.

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Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 A.D. and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 A.D. on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th century. He was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. and created the New Testament. The text they produced portrayed Jews as “the children of the devil” who sentenced Jesus to death. In 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy. There Nicholas supplanted a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill the children’s stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the centre of the Nicholas cult. Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6th.

The Nicholas cult spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans. These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden – their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder and Tiw. Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn. When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December and donned heavy winter clothing.

In a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.

In 1809, the novelist Washington Irving (most famous his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle) wrote a satire of Dutch culture entitled Knickerbocker History. The satire refers several times to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas using his Dutch name, Santa Claus.

Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, read Knickerbocker History and in 1822 he published a poem based on the character Santa Claus: “SantaSlay.gifTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

To see a Copy of the Poem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas. Click Here.

The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus. From 1862 through 1886, based on Moore’s poem, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa for Harper’s Weekly. Before Nast’s drawings, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves and his list of the good and bad children of the world. All Santa was missing was his red outfit.

In 1931, the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modelled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red. Thus Santa Claus was born – a blended mix of Christian crusader, pagan god and commercialism.


 

Medium.

 

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Only Size.

 

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Because there are so many Big & XL animations of I’m going to break them to 2 pages to help in a faster download. For available Big versions of these Animations: Click Here for Page 01; Click Here for Page 02.
For available Xtra Large versions of these Animations Click Here for Page 01; Click Here for Page 02.

 Christmas Flamingo.
Found in Animals/Birds.


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There are 5 different Christmas Countdown Scrips to check them out Click Here.



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CHRISTMAS.
ELVES. ORNAMENTS. PRESENTS. REINDEER SLAY.
SANTA. SNOWMEN. TREES. WORDS
& SIGNS.


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