The image was first published in Harpers Weekly on January 1, 1881.
Through the years Santa has played a large part in America's psyche. And, he has not changed that much.
For example the 1947 Academy Award Winning movie, Miracle on 34th Street, is the story about a department store Santa who says he is the real one.
In 2004, The Polar Express movie was released, based on a book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsburg, about a young boy who catches a train to the North Pole.
Did you miss Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny? ( I certainly did!)
And, it all helps if we believe.