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Santa with Sheep Holiday Pin

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  • Folk art brooch
  • Solid wood
  • Hand-painted
  • Designed by Sue Nagle
  • Signed and dated
  • 2"x 2 1/2"
  • Made in USA
  • WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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    Folk art you can wear! What a charming way to celebrate the season. Our wooden Christmas brooch depicts a vintage winter scene, pairing a woolly sheep with Santa holding a Christmas tree. The entire design is hand-painted, signed and dated by American folk artist Sue Nagle.

    You'll be put in mind of a 19th-century Christmas each time you wear this original Santa pin (be prepared to tell admirers where you got it). Also a memorable gift. Exclusively available from WILLIAMSBURG Marketplace.
    Colonial Williamsburg's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum collections contain various 19th-century depictions of Santa Claus, which inspired the images on our pin.

    Although the idea of St. Nicholas was brought to the New World first by the Vikings, then Christopher Columbus (who named a Haitian port for him in 1492) and the Spaniards (who named an early settlement St. Nicholas Ferry, now known as Jacksonville), he did not truly enter the American conscience until the 19th century.

    Later settlers—especially the Dutch and the Pennsylvania Germans—began to incorporate their European traditions of Santa Claus into Christmas celebrations here.

    After the American Revolution, New Yorkers remembered with pride the colony's nearly-forgotten Dutch roots. St. Nick was heavily promoted through the New York Historical Society in the early 1800s, and his popularity spread with the 1823 publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," now more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas."

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