The traditional image of Santa Claus we owe to the American post Clement Clark Moore in his famous poem of 1822 "T'was the night before Christmas" which introduced the elements of chimney and reindeer; to the artist Thomas Nast whose drawing appeared in 1861, and to the Coca Cola advertising campaign of 1931 which gave us the red costumed chubby, cheery figure we know today. Father Christmas and Sand Claus became one.
T'was the night before Christmas
Wen all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse................
My mother made this Santa Claus (below) many years ago for my daughter - just one of many soft toys she sewed or knitted. Santa is now looking rather tired, having also been passed onto my little granddaughter. But he is still a lovely seasonal memory of my talented mother.