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John Beswick Father Christmas Figurines
Celebrate Christmas with these charming hand painted figurines of Father Christmas from John Beswick. Guaranteed to put you in the festive mood, each piece is giftboxed.

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The origins of Father Christmas or Santa Claus dates back to the fourth century and St Nicholas a wealthy Bishop from Turkey. Thought to be a man of great generosity he is believed to be the original Santa. A story is told of a poor man with three daughters who could not afford a dowry for his daughters and so they were unable to marry. It is said that St Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney so the eldest could marry repeating his generous gift for the second daughter a little later. Each time the gold landed in the stockings drying by the fire. Determined to find out the identity of the mysterious benefactor the father hid by the chimney when it was time for the third daughter to marry and saw St Nicholas repeat his generous gift. From this story it was believed that any unexpected gift came from the generous bishop. The Bishops name has changed over the years with each country adopting its own variation. In Britain, he became 'Father Christmas' or 'Old Man Christmas', an old character from stories plays during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. In France, he was then known as 'Père Nöel'; in Germany, the 'Christ Kind'. In the early USA his name was 'Kris Kringle'. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus'. On January 1st 1881, Harper's Weekly published Thomas Nast's most famous image of Santa, complete with a big red belly, an arm full of toys and smoking a pipe. This image of Santa became very popular, with more artists drawing Santa in his red and white costume from 1900 to the present day. The John Beswick Christmas Collection follows Nast’s lead and Father Christmas is dressed in the traditional costume we know today complete with big white beard and shiny black boots. Whether carrying a sack full of toys or taking a rest, the Beswick Father Christmas is the perfect representation of the great man. If you have ever wondered what he wears under the big red coat A Merry Christmas Pudding reveals all!