Tree of Hope Campaign 2015I was over in Kingston, Ontario for the "Tree of Hope" campaign. This year Family and Children's Services gave out Christmas presents to more than 920 children and youth, and they helped 80 families with food and gift baskets. WOW!

I was so very busy this past season, preparing, planning, visiting so many people here in Ottawa and the surrounding area.  I even got in a game over at the 67s! They won. We had fun!

Soda pop can

I am often asked if Santa is the product of the Coca Cola Company which created the look of today's Santa.

Coke did not create the Santa look but, like so many other companies, capitalized on the popularity of Santa and Christmas.

There are numerous examples of the look of Santa created years before Coke first introduced him as their Christmas spokesman. The Saturday Evening Post had already published for several years Santa on their front covers during the Christmas editions. If you look at these fantastic images, you will see that the look Santa was well underway prior to Coca Cola’s. 

Robot Santa

Santa has been around for a long time. But like everthing, things change. The Santa of the last 50 years is not the same as the Santa 50 years before that and so forth. What is in store for Santa in the next 50 years? 

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