Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper by Norman Rockwell
December 26, 1942 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
This Norman Rockwell painting, Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 26, 1942. This remains a timeless favorite of all Rockwell collectors, no matter what their age.
An alternate title for this painting is Santa's In The News.
This Norman Rockwell Santa Claus painting was the two-hundred-thirteenth published Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover and the eighth of 1942.
This painting was Rockwell's eighth picture of Santa Claus featured on the cover of The Post. Rockwell's first Post Christmas cover appeared on December 9, 1916.
This Santa Claus picture continued The Post's long tradition of presenting a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting on its cover.
In fact, when envisioning Santa Claus, most people see him the way Norman Rockwell painted him.
And to think it only cost five cents!
Merry Christmas: Santa Face in NewspaperOk, the secret is out. Now we know how Santa Claus gets it all done!
It's just like the saying "Behind every successful man, there is a woman." Behind a successful Santa Claus, there are a lot of hard-working elves!
I count seven hard-working elves. Yes, I know there are eight in the painting, but one is the boss elf. Well, I am sure he works hard, too.
Santa is so exhausted that he doesn't even notice the boss elf pulling on his ear.
Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The other elves are finishing toys and loading up Santa's magic bag. The doll is finished and being loaded in the bag.
The little house, marked "RUSH", is not quite ready. Not only is the painting not finished, the paint will need a while to dry. Wait, of course, it is magic paint and dries instantly!
In that case, it is almost time to wake Santa and send him on his way to reward all the good boys and girls.
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