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2) Few historians disagree that many of our current Christmas traditions (decorating trees, wreaths, mistletoe, etc) can be traced back to Yule (or 'Jul'), a popular Scandinavian holiday with connections to the Norse god Odin. Evidence of this would be the many popular Christmas carols that mention Yule, Yuletide, Yule log, etc. While history shows that the church replaced popular pagan holidays with new Christian holidays that focus on Christ, many of the original Yule traditions continued through the years.

3) With this obvious influence of Yule on Christmas, it makes sense to consider how the stories of Norse mythology also speak of Norse gods flying through the sky on animal drawn chariots, Odin being known for giving away gifts, magical elves who were specifically known as gift makers, and the fact that these gift-making elves were referred to as 'Odin's men'.  Add to this the other similarities listed below and ...well, you decide.

Modern Christmas is a fusion of traditions from many cultures and has both Christian and pre-Christian elements. One of the most prevalent being Yule. To some, Yule is still considered a holy period that last 12 winter days and nights. Like other winter solstice holidays, it celebrates the promise of light again triumphing over darkness and the rebirth of the sun. During Yule, all the gods are honored, especially Odin – who is also referred to as Jólfaðr (Yule Father). [4] Yule is known as a time in which family and friends would strengthen their ties to each other through hospitality, feasting, drinking, gift-giving, and making merry in the face of the privations and dangers of winter.


Above: "The Wild Hunt of Odin" is an 1872 painting by Peter Nicolai Arbo.

So, is Odin, the ‘Yule Father’, possibly a secondary influence to the fictitious character of Santa Claus (Father Christmas)?https://sonsofvikings.com/blogs/history/viking-origins-of-christmas-yule-traditions

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