11/22/2022 (Tue) 10:34
My post was too long so it had to be split.
As for stockings.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_stocking
There is some information here, basically it's possibly because some of the money Saint Nicholas threw to those girls landed in stocking. As for pagan origin.>An unsubstantiated claim is that the Christmas stocking custom derived from the Germanic/Scandinavian figure Odin. According to Phyllis Siefker, children would place their boots, filled with carrots, straw, or sugar, near the chimney for Odin's flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin would reward those children for their kindness by replacing Sleipnir's food with gifts or candy. This practice, she claims, survived in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands after the adoption of Christianity and became associated with Saint Nicholas as a result of the process of Christianization. This claim is doubtful as there are no records of stocking filling practices related to Odin until there is a merging of St. Nicholas with Odin. St. Nicholas had an earlier merging with the Grandmother cult in Bari, Italy where the grandmother would put gifts in stockings. This merged St. Nicholas would later travel north and merge with the Odin cults.
As I said, reindeers are snowy wintery animals, Santa is a snowy wintery guy, it makes sense to pair them together and in order for somebody to be able to deliver so many presents at once he would have to be able to fly, it's not an odd conclusion to reach. However, Wikipedia has something on this as well and apparently the first reference to a Christmas reindeer is from 1821. Well and truly removed form any possible pagan origin.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus%27s_reindeer
The idea of reindeers in Christmas coming from Finnish shamans giving reindeer mushrooms and then drinking their urine is absurd, as I said before it's an example of people taking great leaps to link things to substance use. I am not going to read that link as the quotes you have given tell me more than enough about what kind of quality that article will be of.
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