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American Customs: Jolly Old Santa Claus
In the 1930s Alice Leedy Mason wrote a poem entitled Jolly Old Santa Claus that was told to her four grandchildren. It features a white bearded Saint Nicholas living at the North Pole with his wife Mrs. Claus. Santa Claus has an army of helpful brownies at the North Pole to help him make presents, open letters, and bake cookies. A Christmas tree room is featured with brownies creating ornaments. The poem ends with Santa arriving home with the brownies at Christmas Eve and falling asleep with a cup of hot chocolate. (6)
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