Holidays

Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer

Santa's Helper Dave Stoufer reading to children November 30 in Washington, Iowa
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Dave Stoufer tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, having his beard pulled, and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. Stoufer has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories.  

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River to River
3:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

History of Santa Claus and the "Angel of Albia"

keepps / flickr

St. Nicholas Day takes place on December 6th.  It’s a day when the aforementioned saint brings gifts to good girls and boys.  Americans have a similar tradition, but instead of St. Nicholas a character named Santa Claus delivers the presents on Christmas Eve. Today on River to River, we speak with historian Bruce David Forbes of Morningside College and author of Christmas: A Candid History. We discuss how St. Nicholas crossed the Atlantic to become Santa Claus.  Also, we talk to a modern day Santa Claus of sorts, Mary Sauter, the “Angel of Albia.”

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