Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Categories: Features
Every year, pretty much as soon as the clock has tolled on Halloween, Santa Claus invades our consciousness.
He is everywhere. In the malls, on street corners, in TV commercials. In the music floating out of the radio or wafting over our heads in the grocery store.
The character that North Americans know as Santa Claus - the rotund and jolly old elf in a red and white suit who travels in a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer - can be traced back almost 200 years. And it's largely thanks to the poem The Night Before Christmas written by Clement Moore in 1823.
Popular culture being what it is, Santa has made a lot of guest appearances over the years. And he has turned up in some of the strangest places.
Here is a short history of the kahuna himself, Santa Claus. See if you recognize the clips in producer Jean Dalrymple's montage.
Check back on Friday, and we'll let you know how many you got right!