This image comes from Glencairn Museum News (email@example.com), which this month is full of fascinating and erudite information about American and European Christmas traditions – Christmas tree decorations and Christmas cribs (‘Nativities’) in particular.
Left: Père Noël is the French equivalent of the American Santa Claus. He wears a long, hooded robe edged with white fur, and carries presents in a wicker basket like the ones traditionally used by grape harvesters. This papier-mâché figure of Père Noël, made in France around 1920, served as a candy container. Right: This St. Nicholas-shaped candy container, made in Germany around 1910, separates at the base and conceals a cylinder that held candy.