Woden - Oden - Thor - St. Nicholas - Sinta Klaus to Santa Claus (the Coke rep)
He was Woden, Odin, father of Thor of War, a Norse god, a magican, a savior, a gift giver, mentalist, wise man, Lord of Yule and holly, a saint, Father Christmas - a year end sales boost - Santa Claus!
From Woden or Odin to mondern-day Santa, this jolly old elf has come a very long way (not just from the North Pole either).
1) Woden - supreme god of Norse, riding his 8 legged horse, with his talking ravens representing thought & memory.
2) Odin - shown as the one-eyed god who was the traveler or wanderer.
3) Odin - wearing a red robe, again with the ravens but now with the severed head of Mimir (has friend) who guides him in wisdom.
4) Odin - this time as lord of the Yule, as he transforms into "Father Christmas" once Christians accept him in the northwoods of Germany. He adds a crown of magic holly and now carries the yule log.
5) Father Christmas - full fledged gift-giver and patron Saint Nicholas, now carrying a small pine tree and kids toys, the beginning of elf magic to make toy industry business bucks.
6) Santa Claus - Digging up his past, still possesing many of his former trade marks of Woden, Odin, Norse god, Yule god, Gift god: red suit, long beard, floppy hat, flying animals (but 8 legged horse is now sleigh with 8 reindeer), but most of all - he brings happniness - to his creators, who love him and the power he gives to them over anyone who is dumb enough to follow along and give their wealth (and soul) to this fake, false god.
Santa's TIME LINE
Regardless of your religion (or lack of one), you have needless to say, been exposed to the likes of merry old Saint Nicolas, or one of his "helpers" somewhere in the shops and stores all trying to make an extra "Xmas buck" at this time of the year...
But who is he? Really? Where did this man come from? Is he from the Bible? The teachings of Jesus, peace be upon him? Do we know of his actual history? What can we learn by knowning his history? (a lot). READ . .
270 C.E. (Christian Era) Nicholas was born
He was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra.
He died in 345 CE on December 6th (later to become Father Christmas Day).
He was only named a saint in the 19th century.
Nicholas was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament, as we more or less know it today. The text at the council produced portrayed Jews (children of Israel) as “the children of the devil” claiming they had sentenced Jesus to death.
1087 & December 6 - Grandfather Christmas is 'born'.
Sailors who idolized Nicholas, moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy.
They used Nicholas to replace a female god who gave gifts, called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania. Cult followers said she filled the children's stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was removed from her shrine at Bari, that was to become the center for the new cult of St. Nicholas. Members of this group celebrated on December 6, by giving each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually to remember the anniversary of Nicholas’ death.
1100 - 1300 - The new cult of Nicholas spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans.
These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden – their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse with 8 legs flying through the heavens one evening each Autumn.
When St. Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and wearing heavy winter clothing.
1200 to 1500 Saint Nicholas Back to Catholic Church
Father Christmas returned back to Catholic Church again, as Saint Nicholas.
In an effort to get more of the pagan followers of Northern Europe to become Catholics, the Catholic Church adopted the St. Nicholas cult.
They also taught that Good Saint Nicholas gave out gifts and charity (and they also should do the same).
The distribution of gifts was then officially changed to be on December 25th instead of December 6th.
1809 - Santa Klauss is back to horse flying again.
The novelist Washington Irving (most famous his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle) wrote a satire of Dutch culture entitled Knickerbocker History. The satire refers several times to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas using his Dutch name, Santa Klauss (Saint Nicholas).
1822 - Saint Nicholas - Gets into Christmas, but his flying 8 leg horse is replaced with 8 flying reindeer.
Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, read Knickerbocker History, published a poem based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with a flying sleigh and eight reindeer instead of a flying horse with eight legs, and had him coming down in people's houses by way of the chimneys.
1862-1886 - Santa Clause in pictures and poems.
The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus.
From 1862 through 1886, based on Moore’s poem, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa for Harper’s Weekly. Some of these dipicted Santa in the Civil War trying to bring peace to the nation.
Before Thomas Nast drew his version of the "Saint Nicholas", he had been pictured as everything from a mean flying war god to a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. But Nast wanted a more friendly and lovelable character. He also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, and his workshop filled with elves, and his knowledge of the unseen with the ability to know which children of the world were being "bad or good". All that was missing was the bright red suit.
In 1931 - the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red.
And along with the multi-million dollar promotions to sell cokes to the masses, we know today - Santa is born – a blend of pagan gods, false images, made up poetry, Christian bishop and commercial idols.
AUTHOR: LAWRENCE KELEMEN
Have you not seen those who were given a portion of the Scripture, who believe in superstition and false objects of worship and say about the disbelievers, "These are better guided than the believers as to the way"? 4:51
Say, "O people of the book (Bible)! Come common terms between us and you - that we will not worship other than Allah, and we will not associate anything with Him and not take one another as Lords instead of Allah". But if they turn away, then say, "Bear witness, we are in (peaceful submission to His Will = "Muslims"). 3:64
It isn't for any human (as a prophet) that Allah gives him scripture (revelations) and authority and prophethood and then he would say to his people, "Worship me instead of Allah", instead he'd say, "Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have learned from scripture and because of what you have studied"
Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path. 3:51
COMMANDMENTS in Islam:
Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, be good to parents and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those your servants. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful. 4:36
Take a look for yourself and your family - to know the real source of this false story. Get the facts and don't celebrate what Allah hates.
Wait mom! Before you tell the story -
Check the facts! And ask yourself,
"Is this really what I want for my children?"
We ask Almighty God to keep us all away from false worship, ameen.
Al Hamdulillah - Praise God For His Guidance!