Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa's Transportation - Part I

I'm certain that because a grew up with Clement C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "The Night Before Christmas") I have always imagined that Santa Claus' mode of transportation was a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. Imagine my surprise, when as I was viewing a collection of vintage Christmas images, I found Santa and his fully loaded sack of toys pictured on any manner of conveyances!

Am I the only person who never considered anything other than a sleigh? I hope not, because if so, I'll be boring you for a few days with some really cool vintage images.

I must say, the "jolly old elf" is very resourceful!

First, I'll share a few images of my previous very limited idea of proper Santa transportation. The first one is my favorite. The rest are variations on a theme...

Now for a teaser!

Did you know Santa sometimes has to resort to a canoe? And that he can negotiate waterfalls & rapids by the looks of this one!

Come back tomorrow for more fascinating information on how Santa gets where he needs to go...

Enjoy! Chris


  1. You never know what he's gonna be in! :)

  2. Very cute!
    Susan from Wooster OH

  3. Nope, you're not alone. I'm a sleigh and reindeer, girl, myself!

    I've seen him in a canoe with some alligators.... but I love the reindeer, more!
    Love your pictures!

    Merry Christmas,

  4. Chris I'm such a purist that I'm not that fond of Olde St Nick pictures with him in other modes of transportation................nice to look at though and your art is wonderful.......thanks

  5. Me too doodles! I was really surprised by all the different way he is depicted!

    Definitely sleigh & reindeer for me!


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