Tuesday, December 20, 2005

December 21, 1862

From an item published in Kansas' Leavenworth Daily Times:

Poor Santa Claus, the patron saint of the holiday season, and the friend of the juveniles, hard must be thy lot now, and severe thy tasks! It is a wonder 'Nick' comes around at all in these modern days. No more the wide fire-place gapes for his entrance into kitchens where tiny stockings wait to receive their quota, but the vender of Christmas presents is condemned to a five inch stove pipe... We wonder that the corpulent 'Saint Nick' has not become disgusted at modern innovations...


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