In Search of Santa

For Christmas 2016, Mr Jim Moon delivered an epic four part special - an in-depth podcast series, featuring a great deal of original research, investigating the origins of Santa Claus in all his various guises. From St Nicholas to Belsnickel, from Krampus to Father Christmas. So climb aboard teh magic sleigh and lear nthe true history of good old St. Nick!

IN SEARCH OF SANTA Part I
In this first Christmas special, Mr Jim Moon sets off in search of Santa. Travelling down the centuries in a borrowed magic sleigh, we bust various myths about the Bearded Gentleman himself, before uncovering the roles played by the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, the writings of Mr Washington Irving, and the drawings of Mr Thomas Nast in the development of legend of Santa Claus.

IN SEARCH OF SANTA Part II
In the second part of our very special Christmas series, we further investigate the origins of Santa Claus, exploring the life and legend of St. Nicholas, his role in the tradition of Christmas presents, the assorted magical gift-bringers he transmuted into in Europe, shed some light on the dark rumours of Krampus and satanic Santas, and examine the forgotten alternative American Santa, Belsnickel.

IN SEARCH OF SANTA Part III
In the next leg of our epic investigation into the history and mystery of Santa Claus, we examine the development of his image throughout 19th century America, of his appearances in Victorian England, and how he came to inhabit grottoes in our stores come December time!

IN SEARCH OF SANTA Part IV
In the final chapter of this epic festive investigation, Mr Jim Moon explores the history of the British Father Christmas, goes on the trail of the German Weihnachtsmann, and perhaps finally gets to the bottom of where Santa Claus really comes from!

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