|"Weihnachtsmann" in 1897 on a German Postcard|
As every year the Santa culture in Taiwan is repeated, although it is quite unknown who's birthday is celebrated on Christmas. No wonder. Everywhere the number of Santas give the impression Christmas is about Santas. The around Christmas business apparently profits from it. There seems to be a cultural fight between "Santa" and the Christian tradition to remind people on Jesus' birthday. Yet our recent experience as TECC Team in two schools showed us this is not necessary the case. The red-white Santa or in German "Weihnachtsmann" according to the "Thüringer Allgemeine " originates from Germany, as a large collection of postcards gathered by Mrs. Christl Hütten in the Thuringian Eichsfeld confirmed. Here the oldest card ever found with a Weihnachtsmann ("Santa") was discovered. The card with the nice red-clothed man dated as early as 18. December 1897 was sent with Christmas greetings to another place in Germany and shows an elderly man in red cloth walking through snow (see picture). - Up to not so long ago the U.S.American soda company Coca Cola claimed to be the inventer and developer of "Santa". Evidence shows this is no longer likely, however Coca Cola still managed to be efficient in spreading Santas picture all over the country to advertize its drinks in a time of economic depression in 1931.
|One class has about 25 kids|
|The "2012 TECC Santa Team"|