Christmas is My Favorite time of the Year. I
just Love all of the Decorations and Family time.
The Sundblum Santa is Very Special to me. I hope
you enjoy the images I've collected. If you think
the page is overdone "Sorry" you should see my
house at Christmas.:) A Big Thank You goes to
Colagrrl for the Special Wallpaper she created.
This Page may load slow, but it's worth it. So
Grab a Coke and Smile!!
In 1931, the
Coca-Cola Company Haddon Sundblom to develop the
image of a human-like Santa Claus. Prior to
Sundblom's first rendition in 1931, people
envisioned Santa Claus as a gnome or a bishop.
For inspiration in creating his Santa Claus,
Sundblom turned to Clement Moore's 1822 poem "A
Visit From St. Nicholas". Moore's description of
the toy maker as "chubby and plump, a right jolly
old elf" led to an image of Santa that was warm,
friendly and human. Sundblom's original model for
Santa was his friend and neighbor Lou Prentice, a
retired salesman. After Prentice died in the late
1940's, Sundblom would often find his model by
looking in the mirror. The remaining Santa
paintings use Sundblom as his own model --
although he said he added the beard as he
painted, rather than growing one. Haddon Sundblom
painted 35 years of Santa portraits for the
Another one of My Favorites is Haddon
Sundblom's Sprite Boy, which was originally used
to introduce the brand name Coke in 1942. The
Sprite Boy wore either a soda-jerk's cap to
promote fountain sales of Coke or a bottle cap to
advertise bottled Coca-Cola. After 1949, the
Sprite Boy would not appear with Santa again, and
he disappeared altogether from advertising for
Coca-Cola by 1958.
"Thirst Knows No Season" 1922