From 1864, we have A Visit from St. Nicholas — a fold-out strip version of “The Night Before Christmas”. It was published by Louis Prang & Company (best known for publishing postcards, Christmas cards, and Valentines), and is part of a boxed set of half a dozen fold-out lithographic booklets (only two of which — A Visit from St. Nicholas included — are of interest to comics collectors). There are some who claim the art to be by Thomas Nast, but the art style does not match Nast’s, and Nast was a big enough salepoint, that his name would have been mentioned somewhere in the booklet, had he been involved.
Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.
A Merry Christmas to all!