28 November 2020

Odin Isn’t Santa Claus

We are entering what I call the 'anti-Christmas' season (there is an 'anti-Easter' season, too), when the internet and TV are full of attacks on Christianity, attempting to prove that all the beliefs and customs of the season can be 'debunked' as survivals and adaptations of paganism.

One of the recurring themes is that 'Santa Claus' is really the Germanic god, Odin/Woden/Wotan. Here, Dr Jackson Crawford, a scholar of Old Norse language and culture debunks the debunkers.

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