How Mrs Claus embodied 19th-century debates about womens rights

By Maura Ives
December 18 2021 - 1:30pm
In most Mrs Claus literature, Santa travelled the world filling stockings while Mrs Claus stayed home to await his return. Picture: Shutterstock

Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas redefined Christmas in America. As historian Steven Nissenbaum explains in The Battle for Christmas, Moore's secular St. Nick weakened the holiday's religious associations, transforming it into a familial celebration that culminated in Santa Claus's toy deliveries on Christmas Eve.

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