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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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!
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.
Santa Claus is the spirit of Christmas and therefore ageless. As a spirit he has no beginning or end. He just exist in the hearts and imaginations of all those who believe he is, myself included. For your study I'd say he is as old as the planet.
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.
My perception of him as grandfather was from childhood stories I never had one I could compare him to and when I look at my young and hot 67 year old husband I so no resemblance.