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Where Do All the Winter Holiday Colors Come From?

Have you thrown in the pre-holiday productivity towel yet? Here’s hoping you’re already lolling over an eggnog, tending to that urgent gift-wrap origami. If not, we humbly offer a tantalizingly holiday-themed distraction for you to read furtively whenever the boss isn’t swanning by your desk. After all, it’s educational and season-appropriate to ask: where...

Sistine Santa

Where did Santa Claus — ye old Saint Nick — come from? The cartoonist Thomas Nast, in a 1862 Christmas season Harper’s Weekly cover and center-fold illustration, gave him his rosy cheeks, wide belly and popularized the red suit with white trim. But my origination myth rests with Michelangelo. Yes, old Mike. What do...

The Geographical Center of Christmas

Christmas is the one time of the year when designers needn’t be true to their mission to save the world from mediocrity or waste. Christmas is both the great leveler and an official end of the year. For instance there is a bar and restaurant in my New York neighborhood that I would ordinarily...