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How old is Santa Claus?


In the 1800s, Artist Thomas Nash drew the illustrations that are used to this day to depict Santa. He's a jolly, chubby old man, but what age did Nash envision for his creation? Since we are living longer lives than people in the Victorian era, I suspect we will judge Santa as much older than Nash intended. I suspect Nash thought his cartoon man to be in his late forties or fifties. Today, I imagine people will say that he is in his 70s or 80s. What do you think? Is he forever 49 or 73 or what?

 

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    I know that he never ages, I'm just measuring our perception of how old he seems to be in the common illustrations of him. It is part of a study on what year constitutes the start of old age.


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    I like your answer. He is absolutely not 49, but when he was first depicted, I believe the artist thought him to be 50. That was quite old, a few centuries ago. Today, 49 is barely middle aged. Nice comment kid!

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    Yes he looks like a grandfather, but that's my point. My grandfather was ready for a rocking chair at 55, while I was still running in road races and doing five miles in under an hour at the same age. Now, at 70 I still work 3 - 5 days per week.


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    I think that Nast saw him as 50. I see him as 85 and the next generation will think he's 100. Our perception of aging is changing and soon in the U.S., retirement age will be about 75. I am all for it (speaking as a 70 year old)


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