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2021 Thomas Nast Ornament

“Merry Old Santa Claus” by Thomas Nast, Morristown, NJ ~ 1881
They are a gift from the MCTB for a $12.00 donation.
 Limit 5 per customer!

Each year the Morris County Tourism Bureau produces and sells a Christmas ornament inspired by long-time Morristown resident Thomas Nast.  Nast, America’s foremost political cartoonist, lived in Morristown from 1872-1902, and created iconic political party symbols such as the Elephant and Donkey, Uncle Sam, and Columbia. 

Nast is also known for his illustrations of the Christmas holiday.  His earliest depictions of Santa Claus first appeared in Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War and were based on a description of Jolly Old Saint Nick in the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.  Nast’s Santa has endured for over 150 years and is globally recognizable.

 This year’s ornament features Nast’s illustration of Santa Claus from a Harper’s Weekly edition of 1881 and is called “Merry Old Santa Claus.”  A prior ornament featured this drawing, and this year it is being offered on a gold background.

These ornaments are manufactured in the USA using only American sourced materials.

Call for pickup if you are local, outside of Morristown we will ship to you – (973) 631-5151.

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