Thursday, 29 December 2011
As we say goodbye to Christmas 2011, I leave you with one final window from Saltaire's Living Advent Calendar. In fact I think this was a 'first' for Saltaire, in that it was not just one static image but a series of projected images, showing different depictions of Santa Claus. I don't know where the original images came from... perhaps old Christmas cards, postcards or magic lantern slides, but they had a lot of charm. I am showing a collage of just four of them but there were several more and the website has a short video showing them all.
Santa Claus is of course a person wreathed in myth, legend and folklore, said to relate to Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Greek Bishop with a reputation for secretly giving gifts. This led via the Dutch elision 'Sinterklaas' to the modern name Santa Claus. I have to say that I find these old drawings rather more appealing than the popular portly red and white fellow we see these days.
Anyway, I hope you were well-behaved enough during 2011 that he left you some gifts!