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"Flying high beneath the clouds, the hunt's frenetic pace,
he cries out to increase the speed so as to win the race.
Friend or foe in question as the flight doth near it's end.
Benevolent and evil forces cunningly now blend."


Similarities between the Norse god Odin and Santa Claus:

1. Odin is said to be wise; Santa is wise old St. Nick
2. Odin has a bad left eye; Santa has poor vision requiring spectacles
3. Odin is often pictured wearing a long coat; Santa has a long red coat
4. Odin wears a cap and has a white beard; Santa wears a cap and has a white beard
5. Odin has a wife named Frigg; Santa is married to Mrs. Claus
6. Odin resides above the earth; Santa resides at the north pole
7. Odin, from his throne, observes all; Santa sees all and knows "who's naughty and nice"
8. Odin has dwarves who do his bidding; Santa has elves who do his bidding
9. Odin rides an eight-legged horse through the sky; Santa flies through the sky with eight (original) reindeer.
10. Odin gives gifts of inspiration to worthy ones; Santa gives gifts to worthy children

There are more similarities, but these ten should suffice in helping curious ones to "connect the dots," as it were.
Santa Claus is an amalgam of Norse mythology, Germanic fables, so-called Christian tradition, et al.
Please do additional research to satisfy your curiosity.

The questions now become: How will this information impact me?  How will it affect my view of Christmas?  Should I even care?*

"Mythologies and fairy tales combine with what is true,
confusing honesthearted ones who to the faith are new.
Diligently researching turns darkness into light,
'Help me find the way for me, I wish to know what's right!"'


* 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
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skydancer-stock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
So many different ways of looking at things. :)
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
true
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shep4life Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...I never read the similarities with Odin to ole st nick...awesome
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yeah I had done some research a while back.  it's remarkable
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shep4life Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have never heard that one lol...nice
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Orion159 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funnily enough, that eight legged horse is the child of Loki, sooooooooo what does that say about the reindeer?
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Let's not even talk about what they do in their downtime 
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Orion159 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe
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Delice1941 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Intriguing:rose:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Shame on me, giving Santa a bad rep. Lol
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Flashtrang Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well Santa is based of "fusion" between St. Nicholas and Odin
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes and others. Thanks for reading  
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SavingTheDinosaurs Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I love this comparison! :) an interesting and true perspective change. Very enlightening.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. The research is interesting. My commentary is edited to the bare bones
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SavingTheDinosaurs Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I tend to do research in my spare time. Very intriguing from several viewpoints. The bare bones make it an easy read.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, that was my goal
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NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I love your comparison study of Odin and Santa Claus. I'm Wiccan and knew that Santa had ancient pagan roots, but it is so good to see these similiarities written out as you have done. :D :heart:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hah, now try to convince a "Christian" that his/her beloved icon has heathen roots.  Oh well...
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NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Oh if only those Christians knew! Just about everything (except for the nativity scene) is derived from pagan roots...:heart:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, and even the nativity scene is erroneous, since the context of the Biblical account puts young Jesus in a house, and possibly over a year old by the time the Magi (astrologers) arrived! SEE Matthew 2:1-18
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NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I didn't know about that...thanks for the info! :D
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yo
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green-eyed-reptile Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Neat. I never thought of the similarities before.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's a fascinating study
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green-eyed-reptile Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, I'm very fond of all mythology, but Norse is by far my favorite. I do not like Marvel's depiction as much as the original myths.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly, though, some go beyond myth and lend credibility to these mythical creatures, as though they actually existed, though, in reality, they are mere judgments if the imagination
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green-eyed-reptile Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Ay. It's still fun to read the stories, though.
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Gir-of-Spades Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cold Days by Jim Butcher took this idea and ran with it
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting. I knew I wasn't the first to see the connection, to be sure
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Gir-of-Spades Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you are into modern fantasy, I would recommend reading the Dresden Files (Cold Days is book 13, and before they reveal the connection you see both odin and santa in their respective, separate scenes)
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tip
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Regarding  Odin Claus
"Flying high beneath the clouds, the hunt's frenetic pace,
he cries out to increase the speed so as to win the race.
Friend or foe in question as the flight doth near it's end.
Benevolent and evil forces cunningly now blend."

Similarities between the Norse god Odin and Santa Claus:
1. Odin is said to be wise; Santa is wise old St. Nick
2. Odin has a bad left eye; Santa has poor vision requiring spectacles
3. Odin is often pictured wearing a long coat; Santa has a long red coat
4. Odin wears a cap and has a white beard; Santa wears a cap and has a white beard
5. Odin has a wife named Frigg; Santa is married to Mrs. Claus
6. Odin resides above the earth; Santa resides at the north pole
7. Odin, from his throne, observes all; Santa sees all and knows "who's naughty and nice"
8. Odin has dwarves who do his bidding; Santa has elves who do his bidding
9. Odin rides an eight-legged horse through the sky; Santa flies through the sky with eight (original) reindeer.
10. Odin gives gifts o
 and/or   Santa Odin
Flying through the sky on your mighty horse Sleipnir, leading the Wild Hunt, inspiring awe and fear.  Or did I see YOU flying through the skies with your reindeer, led by Rudolph, hunting for chimneys?
Are you the Allfather, or Father Christmas? The god of wisdom, or wise old St. Nick? Why did you sacrifice one of your eyes, was it for knowledge and glory? Your poor vision requires that you now wear spectacles, does it not? You were bearded, old and gray then; you have not changed! Your long blue traveling coat has been replaced with a red one. You always insisted on wearing that crazy old hat, you still do.
We do so wonder about Frigg, your lovely wife.  We hear she now has a new name, Mrs. Claus. Does she still ride with you through the skies to Valhalla, or is she content to wait for you at the North Pole? Yes, from your grand throne Hlidskjalf you observe the sons of men, are they being naughty or nice?  There you have at your disposal the Svartalfar, those loyal and mischievous dw
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www.openbible.info/topics/fals… and www.essentialchristianity.com/… are two valuable resources which come to mind, when seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance on dealing with religious beliefs and traditions.

Conversely, it's always important to remember one simple golden rule: Keep your eyes fixed on the One True King and God, the Creator of Heaven, Earth and everything in them (that is good)! That way, we will never find ourselves trapped by any which would otherwise ensnare us! :nod: biblehub.com/proverbs/4-25.htm…

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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
U2
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
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CrimsonWolf1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's very informative and nicely unbiased. It's a shame that thanks to the crusaders most people now think of Odin and his company as mythological characters and not as the Gods they are the religious movement they are part of. :(
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for comment.  I, of course, believe in the one and only true God
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I like Norse myths
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
as fantasies
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep
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