Franklin Memorial welcomes adults for Christmas crafting

by | January 10, 2019 10:45 am

To quote an infamous unsigned editorial printed by The New York Sun in 1987, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause,” and he was immortalized on canvas by 13 adults and one youngster during the December craft class.

Led by instructor Ellen Durden, each adult awakened her inner child as she painted her own unique version of Santa while the only child in the group simply followed her natural instincts.

While at the Christmas crafting event, Durden and the attendees talked about the different Santa Clauses across the globe.

Seeing Santa Claus in the mall or at various gatherings might make one wonder if other counties have a Santa Claus. The answer is yes, many countries around the world have their own version of a benevolent figure who gives gifts to children during the Christmas season.

Some, like the Netherlands’ Sinterklaas, closely resembles the American version of Saint Nick. Though Sinterklaas doesn’t don a red suit, he does dress in a red robe, sports a flowing white beard, and wears a tall, red hat much like that of a bishop. He also carries a bejeweled staff and rides in on a white horse.

There are other Santa Clauses, Durden said, but they look nothing like…

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