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The modern-day image of Santa Claus, icon of peace and goodwill, was actually forged during America’s darkest days when it appeared in a Civil War illustration, and it wasn’t the last time that jolly St. Nick was enlisted to support wartime efforts on the home front.
Although “peace on earth” may never have seemed more elusive than during the Civil War, America’s bloodiest years actually produced our popular image of Santa Claus. Clement Clarke Moore had injected Santa into the American psyche with his 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (more popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas”), but it was four decades later when the modern-day figure of St. Nick first dripped off the pen of noted illustrator Thomas Nast.
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