Santa Claus


Belsnickle
Belsnickle is not Santa Claus. The Pennsylvania Dutch, who were not Dutch at all, but ”Deutsche”, or German, are credited with bringing many of their country’s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820’s, Father Christmas shows up […]

Belsnickle or Pelz-nickle is not Santa Claus


Modern Santa Claus is known to be an amalgam of influences, not the least of which is the Germanic god Odin. It is important to realize that there were many other holiday figures, both male and female, that did not find their way over to our modern American Christmas celebrations. German […]

Mōdraniht – Mothers Night


Just to weigh in on this craziness floating around the internet. I think Santa is a nice fantasy for kids. Just like the easter bunny and the tooth fairy. Should a child ask the direct question is Santa Claus real? The answer should be that he is a fantasy character […]

Nikolaos Thaumaturge


jaunt santa
It’s that time of year again.  The gloriously hedonistic annual jaunt through that labyrinth filled with religious land mines called XMAS.  As I get older I have noticed that I loath xmas more and more each year. I find that as soon as the turkey is all gobbled up, my mind […]

Gloriously Hedonistic Annual Jaunt



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Santa Claus has long been a cult idol of mine.  I think we can all really agree that the image of Santa Claus, perhaps even his entire existence, has been a long lurid story that ultimately simplifies down to mass manipulation. Let me get one thing perfectly clear before I go on. I […]

You Don’t Know Santa



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  Did you know that Santa has an archenemy? Every comic book hero worth his salt has an archenemy. Batman has the Joker, James Bond has Dr. No, Luke Skywalker has Darth Vader, and Santa Claus has the Krampus. Wait a minute, Santa has an archenemy? Krampus is one of […]

Did you know that Santa has an Archenemy?