Civil War-era Christmas cartoons by Thomas Nast (probably the most famous, most politically significant American cartoonist ever). Apart from being the first to depict the Republican and Democratic parties as their respective animals, exposing Boss Tweed, and creating Uncle Sam, Nast also introduced the modern version of Santa Claus. His version of Santa has changed only minimally over the past 150 years.
While Bela and Boris embrace the holiday season…Peter Lorre does not!
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May, clad in cloth of gold, cometh this way;
The fluting of the blackbirds heralds the day.
The dust colored cuckoo cries farewell O Queen!
For winter has vanished, the thickets are green.
The wild bee is busy, the ant honey spills,
The wandering kind are abroad on the hills.
The harp of the forest sounds low, sounds sweet;
Soft bloom on the heights, haze of heat.
Happy the heart of man, eager each maid;
Lovely the forest, the wild plane, the green glade.
Truly winter is gone, come the time of delight,
The summer truce joyous, May, blossom-white.
In the heart of the meadows the lapwings are quiet;
A winding stream makes drowsy riot.
All creatures on earth, run, rejoice and be bold!
See the shaft of the sun makes the waters-flag gold.
Loud and clear summering wakes and trills his voice
Hail May of delicate colours ‘tis belting rejoice!