It appears that Coca-Cola's involvement with Santa doesn’t start until the early 1930s.
The BBC states “The colours are widely thought to derive from the original Saint Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra in the 4th Century. Red and white were the hues of traditional bishop robes, although some historians argue that he originally dressed in different colours.
He was famous for his kindness to children and generosity to the poor. After he died the legend of Saint Nicholas grew and he is still remembered in some countries on 6 December.”
There are records of Santa wearing various coloured costumes, but red was by far the most popular and became known as the quintessential Father Christmas outfit.
"Father Christmas is an evolutionary creation, influenced by folklore, legend and religion," says Tom Glamon, whose research into Santa will win him the envy of children the world over.”
So there we have it – Father Christmas has evolved over the years and for many is an iconic and well-loved character the world over. He was mainly associated with feasting and drinking rather than the giving of presents. However since mid-1800s Father Christmas has evolved into the much-loved, red-suited gift giver we know today.
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