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For those who think that today's Santa Claus is just too newfangled, Switchables offers this stained glass old-fashioned Santa nightlight cover. Switchables covers with "SW" catalog numbers use the traditional process with a metal frame, as opposed to the fused-glass "SF" models.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
Political cartoonist (and "father of the cartoon") Thomas Nast created the modern version of Santa Claus to accompany Clement Clarke Moore's poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" for Harper's Weekly in 1881. A 1930s Coca-Cola advertising campaign standardized Santa's appearance, and it hasn't changed much since then (although his pipe has fallen out of favor). These American makeovers used as their inspiration the 16th century Father Christmas, a large man in green or red robes trimmed in fur. Father Christmas was inspired in turn by Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Greek Christian bishop who was famous for giving to the poor. Other traditions, such as the Dutch Sinterklaas, borrowed from and contributed to the religious figure who would be transformed into our secular Santa Claus. Before that happened, Santa was depicted in clerical garments like those in our nightlight cover.