It's almost time to find out if you're getting all the gifts on your list this holiday season, or if you'll wake up Christmas morning to a stocking chock-full of coal. If you cheated, lied or snuck three fun-size candy bars when no one was looking, you may just find yourself on the naughty list.
Dozens of heads, torsos and rows of various dismembered limbs hang on the walls of a storage room in Spaeth Design's Queens, N.Y., office.
As a career-long photographer who happens to have an ample white beard, Mike Spiegel—sorry, make that Santa Mike Spiegel—can tell you all about the economics of the man in the red velvet suit. Several years ago, Spiegel was booked to appear as Santa at the visitors' center of Pez candy headquarters in Orange, Conn., and he's watched the gig grow ever since.
In an era of "personal brands," there's one man who clearly needs his own style guide and appropriate-use policies: Santa Claus. Stepping in to fill the gap is British agency Quietroom, which has created a Santa Brand Book that would make any festive account planner swoon.
Santa-themed retail displays are everywhere at this time of year, but sometimes you run across one that truly captures the mood of the season—like this sprawled-out, morbidly obese Kris Kringle reportedly modeled after Jabba the Hutt.
Jim Carter, who plays Downton Abbey's reserved and dignified butler, Carson, brilliantly interprets Santa Claus as a disheveled, on-the-edge shadow of his jolly old self in this striking British Greenpeace spot about the impact of global warming and oil drilling at the North Pole.