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Tuesday
Dec152009

A Tartan Christmas

We’re feeling all festive here at Scotweb (could it be because of the hundreds of Christmas presents we’re sending out the door?) and it got us thinking about a Christmas tartan.

Well, it turns out that Santa already has one. Called ‘Claus of the North Pole’ (STA No. 7869), the tartan has been designed by the folks behind the Clan Claus Society, which was set up last year. Its basic mission is to bring together the traditions of Scotland and the magic of Christmas in a family-friendly atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all. The society has the aim of “preserving and perpetuating the history, ideals, traditions, family values and heritage of the Scottish Santa Claus persona.” And part of this included designing a new tartan for Santa Claus himself.

Four colours are used in the tartan – red, green, yellow and white. The red represents the traditional colour for Santa, and the green the evergreen holly and mistletoe that signifies Christmas traditions. The three bands of yellow represent the three bags of gold that St. Nicholas gave the three daughters of the merchant, and the two bands of white are for purity, and the snow and ice of the North Pole.

So if Santa ever decides to opt for a look other than the bright red suit, it’s good to know he has a tartan option out there. And of course if you want to design your own Christmas tartan, you can do so here.

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