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Are our current conceptions of Santa Claus based more on Nodens/Neptune or to Odin?

Asked by Yellowdog (5922points) January 8th, 2018

Sorry for asking after Christmas. Its a little anticlimactic

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zenvelo's avatar

I read an article just last month that demonstrated much of the Santa Claus legend comes from Norse mythology. It included much of the Christmas tree tradition and Sinter Klaas. I have never heard of it being attributed to the Celts.

Yellowdog's avatar

Sinter Klaas = Dutch?

basstrom188's avatar

His red coat can attributed to Coca-Cola from a 1930’s Christmas advertisement

LuckyGuy's avatar

Here is an interesting take from the New York Times on Vimeo (6 minutes) Santa is a Psychedelic Mushroom . It is the first time I’d heard this.

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