From the Shamanic World Tree to the Christmas Tree
Father Christmas--An Anthropomorphic Fly Agaric Mushroom?
Perceptive people have associated St. Nicholas with the fly agaric mushroom that, in former times, was eaten during the winter solstice in northern Europe--and which made it possible to fly through other worlds.
--NAUWALD 2002, 37F
Many aspects of modern Christmas rituals have their origin in pagan customs. At close inspection, even the red-and-white dressed Father Christmas can be seen as another version of Wotan or as a secret shaman. But most astonishingly, he might even be seen as...