During the Civil War, Santa Claus was envisioned a bit differently than he is today.

He wore red back then, but at least in Unionist households, he was portrayed wearing red and blue as well, along with stars. The combination gave him a resemblance to Uncle Sam.

That is how Santa Claus will be portrayed for Christmas at Irvinton, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Santa will be played by Lee Johnson, who volunteers for historical events at Richmond Battlefield Park and Fort Boonesborough State Park.

For Christmas at Irvinton, children dressed in mid-19th century attire will be serving the red-white-and-blue Santa milk and cookies and telling him what they want in their stockings Christmas morning.

This is the third year for Christmas at Irvinton, co-sponsored by the Richmond Tourism Department and the Battle of Richmond Association.

Proceeds from admissions will be shared by the Richmond unit of the Salvation Army and the Battle of Richmond Association.

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