Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Santa Claus” in chapter 1 of Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography:
The oldest man in the family was dressed up in cotton batting or furs, and, wearing a mask and a fur cap, played Santa Claus.
When all were ready, some one played a Christmas carol.
Then Santa Claus , scissors in hand, proceeded to cut off the presents from the tree, and distribute them as they were addressed.
The exclamations of delight with which the recipients received each parcel rings in m...
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