Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pictures Father Christmas

Pictures Father Christmas

Father Christmas is a name used in many English speaking countries, for the gift-bringing figure of Christmas. The same figure with the same name exists in other countries (in that country's language), such as France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Romania (Romance countries). The character is similar to, and in some places such as Australia, interchangeable with Santa Claus. Although "Father Christmas" and "Santa Claus" have for all practical purposes been merged, historically the characters were different.

The symbolic personification of Christmas as a merry old figure begins in the early 17th century, in the context of resistance to Puritan criticism of observation of the Christmas feast. He is "old" because of the antiquity of the feast itself, which its defenders saw as a good old Christian custom that should be kept. Allegory was popular at the time, and so "old Christmas" was given a voice to protest his exclusion, along with the form of a rambunctious, jolly old man.


Pictures Father Christmas

The earliest recorded personification of Christmas appears to be Ben Jonson's creation in Christmas his Masque dating from December 1616, in which Christmas appears "attir'd in round Hose, long Stockings, a close Doublet, a high crownd Hat with a Broach, a long thin beard, a Truncheon, little Ruffes, white shoes, his Scarffes, and Garters tyed crosse", and announces "Why Gentlemen, doe you know what you doe? ha! would you ha'kept me out? Christmas, old Christmas?" Later, in a masque by Thomas Nabbes, The Springs Glorie produced in 1638, "Christmas" appears as "an old reverend gentleman in furred gown and cap".

The character continued to appear over the next 250 years, appearing as Sir Christmas, Lord Christmas, or Father Christmas, the latter becoming the most common. A book dating from the time of the Commonwealth, The Vindication of CHRISTMAS or, His Twelve Yeares' Observations upon the Times involved "Old Christmas" advocating a merry, alcoholic Christmas and casting aspersions on the charitable motives of the ruling Puritans.


Pictures Father Christmas

The traditional Father Christmas was neither a gift bringer, nor associated with children. However, during the Victorian era, when Santa Claus arrived from America, he was merged with the character called "Sir Christmas", "Lord Christmas" or "Old Father Christmas" to create Father Christmas, the British Santa which survives today. Nowadays, most Britons use the expressions Father Christmas and Santa Claus as synonyms.

Pictures Father Christmas
Pictures Father Christmas

Source: directnews, z.about, guim, seasonalpeople

No comments:

Labels

1080P (4) 1920X1080 (1) 2016 (1) 2560X1600 (1) adult christmas carols (2) animated christmas cards (3) artificial christmas trees (2) Background (1) Backgrounds (2) Ball (6) Balls (6) Beach (1) Beautiful (2) best christmas songs (1) best selling christmas toys (4) Black and white christmas pictures (6) Box (1) Carl (1) carlton christmas ornaments (1) carlton christmas ornaments online (3) Cartoon christmas pictures (9) cheap christmas gift ideas (1) christian christmas poems (8) Christmas (49) christmas background (8) christmas cards (5) christmas carols (7) christmas clip art (2) christmas clipart (5) christmas computer wallpaper (7) christmas crafts (6) christmas decorations (7) Christmas desktop pictures (7) christmas eve (6) christmas fun (7) christmas games (6) christmas games for kids (5) christmas gift baskets (5) christmas gift idea (3) christmas gift ideas (4) christmas gift ideas for teenager (2) christmas gifts (4) Christmas Girl (1) christmas greetings (4) christmas history (4) christmas humor (1) christmas in france (3) christmas jokes (4) christmas lights (4) christmas lights history (4) christmas music (4) christmas music downloads (2) Christmas New Year (1) Christmas Ornaments (1) christmas party activities (3) christmas party games (1) Christmas party pictures (3) christmas pics (3) Christmas pictures (5) christmas poems (2) christmas puzzles (4) christmas quilt patterns (2) christmas quiz (2) christmas recipes (3) christmas religious poems (4) christmas scenes (6) christmas snow scenes (7) christmas songs (7) christmas stocking stuffers (6) christmas stories (5) Christmas themed wedding pictures (7) christmas themes (5) christmas traditions (3) christmas tree (4) Christmas tree pictures (6) christmas tree shop (4) christmas tree shops (4) christmas trees (5) christmas trivia games (2) christmas village (3) CHRISTMAS WALLPAPER (4) Cloud (1) crabs for Christmas (1) crazy funny christmas songs (6) Decorated christmas tree pictures (5) Desktop (4) dirty christmas carols (5) Disney (1) Dress (1) Fans (1) father christmas history (1) Free (2) free christmas borders (3) free christmas cards (1) FREE CHRISTMAS GRAPHICS (2) FREE CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS (1) free christmas poems (2) free christmas skits (1) free online christmas music (1) FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS CARDS (2) Friend (1) Full (1) funny christmas cards (1) funny christmas carols (3) funny christmas pics (1) funny christmas songs (3) funny christmas stories (2) funny christmas wallpaper (4) German christmas pictures (4) Gift (1) Girl (8) Girl Gift Round Box New Year Merry Christmas Hd Wallpaper (1) Girls (1) Glowing (1) Golden (1) Googlehead (1) Happy (11) Hd (6) history of Christmas (5) history of the christmas tree (3) Holiday (1) Holidays (8) homemade christmas gift ideas (1) how the grinch stole Christmas (3) humorous christmas poems (3) Image (2) images Christmas (3) internet christmas music (1) last Christmas (2) listen to christmas music (1) LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC ONLINE (1) lyrics to christmas songs (1) Merry (1) merry Christmas (4) Middle school christmas dance pictures (2) most popular christmas songs (1) New Year (1) nightmare before Christmas (4) nightmare before christmas art (2) nightmare before christmas lyrics (2) nightmare before christmas ringtones (2) nightmare before christmas wallpaper (6) Ornaments (5) outdoor christmas lights (2) Pictures father Christmas (6) Pictures of christmas in puerto rico (2) Pink (1) printable christmas cards (2) Red Ball (1) Religious christmas pictures (3) Round (1) Santa Girls (1) short christmas poems (1) silly christmas carols (2) Silver (1) Sisters (2) Stock (1) streaming christmas music (2) Tigger christmas pictures (4) Tree (3) twas the night before Christmas (2) Tweety pie christmas pictures (4) unique christmas gift ideas (2) Vector (1) Wall (1) Wallpaper (14) Wallpapers (16) White (3) Winter Christmas (1) Year (3) –°hristmas (1)