All 12 Santas are now available for Embroidery Machines in 7.80 and 9.96″ sizes. Purchase them together and save $10, or separately to pick and choose.
Size 7.80″ for an 8″x8″ hoop includes DST, EXP, JEF, VIP, XXX, PES, (some VP3) plus PDFs and PNG (orJPG). Colors are random and some sizes may vary slightly.
Size 9.96″ for a 10″x10″ hoop includes DST, VIP, PES, (some VP3) plus PDFs and PNG (orJPG). Colors are Random – your choice. Some sizes may vary slightly. (eg 9.86 instead of 9.96 in one instance.)
Albania – Babadim ri (Grandfather Winter) In Albania, because it is a nation of both Moslim and Christian peoples the fun aspect of Christmas has been embraced and become a common ground for families and neighbors to share in the happiness and fun.
Finland – Joulupukki rides in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Finland claims its town of Korvantunturi to be the home of Santa Claus. It also claims to be the home of the candy cane.
France – Pere Noel is a woodsy character. Children leave their shoes by the fire filled with treats such as carrots for his donkey Gui (mistletoe). If the children have been good they find presents in their shoes.
Germany –Weihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man”) Germany has many names for Santa Claus. Most reflect variations of St. Nicholas such as Klaasbuur (Nicholas our neighbor) but I’ve chosen the father-like figure of Weihnachtsmann who trudges through the night with his burden of toys.
Italy – Babbo Natale fills Christmas stockings with treats and traditional toys like the shepherds flute. Even more popular is La Befana (see Book 2.)
Latvia – Ziemassvētku Vecītis (“Christmas pop”) bundles up against the harsh winter chill. Latvia claims to be the home of the first Christmas tree.
Russia –Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) comes from the pagan tradition. He wears a long, embroidered coat trimmed with fur. You may know him by the name “Jack Frost.”
Scandinavia – Julemanden is helped by the Tomte or Nisse – magical farm folk. In Scandinavia everyone agrees Santa Claus is one of their own. Many say he lives in Greenland and flys over all their lands, while each country has claimed a local home for him. Regardless, he does ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. At Christmas time the dining room ceilings are festooned with stars forming a “Heaven.”
Switzerland – Samichlaus knocks on each door consulting his big book of sins. Children gain forgiveness by reciting a poem and promising to be good. Then they can reach into his bag of treats.
Ukraine – Did Moroz In rich tradition the grandfather magically leaves candy and gifts under pillows or the shoes of the children.
United Kingdom – Father Christmas This jolly man was originally part of an old midwinter festival and was dressed in green robes. He might look similar to the “Ghost of Christmas present” from Dickens. He goes about the town ringing his bell for the children to come out. Here the children enjoy decorating their homes with greenery reminiscent of “The Holly and the Ivy.”
United States – Santa Claus is the jolly old elf we all know and love. How he magically comes down the chimney may be attributed to St. Nicholas who dropped gold down a chimney, magically landing in a stocking hung to dry.
Other countries around the world may be special ordered. See the list in Santa Around the World Book 2: the Distant Lands.