Along with the celebration of the sun-gods, the Scandinavians also worshipped Odin, who was the god of the intoxicating drink and ecstasy, as well as the god of death. Because the Feast of Saturnalia dealt with all those things, he naturally became the most popular god of Saturnalia. Who did Odin become? You guessed it. Santa Claus.
Odin/Wodan was the god of wisdom, magic, and occult knowledge, runes, poetry, and war. His name means “the inspired one.” He was a tall, old man that had a long, white beard and carried a spear/crosier (in pagan sun-god worship whoever holds the serpent crosier is connected to the power behind that serpent crosier which is the serpent himself, Satan). Odin traveled around the world on a WHITE HORSE that had eight legs (in ancient tradition this was the number of transportation). This is where the eight reindeer came from. With Santa, originally there were eight reindeer. Rudolph was added later in modern times.
In virtually every version of Claus, he carried along with him a dark helper. See older photographs below. Eventually, these became the elves. The demon looking helper that stood next to Claus with the horrid red tongue hanging from his mouth were called Krampus. If the children weren’t good they would beat the children. So, the good guy or Savior, Odin who eventually became St. Nicholas, would come and give you gifts if you were good. If you weren’t the “Black Jacks” or dark helpers would institute discipline to the children. “According to legend, the Krampus (who later were renamed elves) would accompany St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives good gifts to good children.”
One picture below shows the naughty children being carried away on a witches broom by a Krampus, which is combination of a human and a goat. We see this all throughout history, a human mixed with a goat. The picture on the left of the children being carried away is a modern day picture of a festival in Germany where they continue to do this celebration and bring out Krampus or Santa’s helpers to this day. St. Nicholas and his demons are still celebrated in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy, and more. See video below. Every time you would see St. Nicholas he would be accompanied by his bells. They use to have bells that would hang from their necks. You would hear the bells as they announced themselves in the next town they were going into. This is where we get the references to the bells of Christmas.
Exactly where did Santa Clause come from? How did the progression or evolution of Odin becoming Santa Claus happen?
By the 1500’s in Holland, St. Nicholas became Sinterklaas; a kind and wise old man with a white beard, white dress, red cloak, a crosier and riding the skies and roofs of the houses on his white horse, accompanied by his Black Jacks, leaving gifts for people under his sacred tree, the fir tree. He would visit you on his birthday (December 25th), and give you gifts if you had been good or if you had been bad, his Black Jacks would beat you. These stories that are two and three thousand years old still find themselves into our pagan traditions today and we now smile about them.
The most famous words that Santa Claus ever says is, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” but do we ever stop and ask ourselves where did that come from? In the History of Hobgoblin, author Allen W. Wright, reveals “Robin itself was a medieval nickname for the “devil” and Robin’s trademark laugh is “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Back in the 1600’s Robin Goodfellow played the devil in many plays. Before the devil would ever come on stage he would announce himself by saying, “Ho! Ho! Ho!”
By the 1700’s a Dutchman immigrated to North America and brought his SinterClaus with him. The English dialect was then changed to “Santa Claus.”
In 1930 a designer for Coca-Cola Company was trying to get people to buy their drink in the winter time. They took their company colors of red and white, borrowed the Sinterklaas story, changed a few things and out came the modern Santa Claus complete with reindeer and elves. The 1900 designer borrowed a picture from the 1800’s, modernized, added the colors, and out came the Coca-Cola Santa Claus today complete with the long white beard, chubby cheeks, and red and white suit.
IN THE 1970’S THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL FORMALLY STATED THAT NO ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP BY THE NAME OF NICHOLAS EVER EXISTED!
They down graded his saint hood because there was evidence that was presented to the Vatican that he never even existed. Vatican further confessed that the legends contributed to this “saint” had no Christian origin, and probably came from pagan traditions!
The evidence showed this saint was made up and connected to the sun god worship of Odin but had been christianized and a saint was made out of him. Eventually, the colors got changed, the elves came into the picture and they went from being evil to cute little guys that make toys which is all American modernization.
The World Book Encyclopedia says, “The belief that Santa enters the house through the chimney developed from an old Norse legend. The Norse believed that goddess Hertha appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home.” That is actually where the word “hearth” comes from, the goddess Hertha, which was the goodness of the Norse. Santa coming through the chimney was in direct reference to a god that came through fire. The World Book Encyclopedia continues by saying, “The Druid homeowners would leave a treat consisting of milk and pastries to appease this god that came down their chimney into their fireplace.” This is where we get the idea of milk and cookies for Santa Claus. We think we made that up and its cute. This goes back a long time back to the Druids when they would put milk and cookies for their god that came through the fireplace on December 25th, on his birthday.
by Misti Rains Howell