MPL displays Santa Clauses

By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT

MABEN — “Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and simply ‘Santa,” is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas/Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

“Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man — sometimes with spectacles — wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no mustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem: ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas.’” (

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” (Clement C. Moore)

Now on display at the Maben Public Library is a huge array of Santa Claus mugs plus a collection of Santa Clauses in various sizes.

Suretha Brooks, native Mabenite, has graciously placed on loan some of her collection of Santa mugs and Santa Clauses. These will be on display for the remainder of the month of November and for the month of December.

The public is invited to come by and view this new display while it is up.