Fact #518: Santa Claus’ appearance is based on an ad first run by Coca Cola in 1931 – prior to this, Santa was depicted as everything from an elf to a tall slender man who wore anything from a bishop’s robe to an animal skin!

When creating Santa Claus for their ad, Coke pictured a more “wholesome Santa,” so the artist took inspiration from Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” Santa’s been depicted as red-faced, pot-bellied, (and, way more controversially, white) ever since!

Coca-Cola In 1997 -

Credit for today’s fact goes to: Aditi Gogate.
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