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Old Santeclaus with Much Delight

Anonymous 1821 Christmas poem / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Old Santeclaus with Much Delight" is an anonymous illustrated children's poem published in New York in 1821, predating by two years the first publication of A Visit from St. Nicholas (Twas the Night before Christmas). It is the first publication to mention (and illustrate) Santa Claus's reindeer and his sleigh, as well as being the first to describe his arrival on Christmas Eve. The accompanying illustrations are the earliest published artistic depictions of a Santa Claus figure.

Illustration to verse 1
Illustration to verse 2