Over the years the Average Face of Santa depicted in movies and TV has changed many times. I guess in a way we can say the Average Face of Santa has changed with the times.
My earliest visual memories of Santa is probably from cartoon characters. Although, I do have very distinct memories of the kind curmudgeon with the rosy cheeks from the famous movie, Miracle on 34th street. That’s how Santa looked when I was growing up. Red rosy cheeks, white hair, mustache and a long white beard. He was always kind and knew exactly who had been naughty or nice throughout the year.
Over the years, the Average Face of Santa has changed significantly. Sometimes, Santa is middle aged and not elderly, like Tim Allen in the Santa Claus. He looked nothing like the Average Face of Santa. He was modern and was very different looking without the suit, white hair or rosy cheeks and considerably underweight. The Nightmare Before Christmas had some pretty strange and spooky looking characters that didn’t resemble ANY Santa Claus I’ve ever seen. I guess Tim Burton’s imagination regarding Santa Claus is more different than we all realize.
It’s true, the Average Face of Santa has morphed over the years. Sometimes, it’s hard to decipher what Santa should look like. But, the true meaning of Christmas remains regardless of how the Average Face of Santa has changed.