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The Geneaology of Santa Claus

Event Date:

December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm


Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
1101 River Cove St
Tampa, FL 33604


Norma Robinson

Program Description:

Prof. De Chant (Religious Studies, USF) explores the evolution and cultural context of one of the great American icons, including various historical antecedents of Santa. He considers the often overlooked cosmological religious forebears of Santa, the curious myths associated with the venerated Saint Nicholas of late antiquity, and how he changed under the cultural impact of Protestantism, secularization, industrialization, and American popular culture. How did a profoundly religious figure become the “patron saint of America’s Christmas bazaar?” Complements our exhibit, “Florida Holiday Traditions.”



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