A very merry Xmas to all my followers and visitors; with thanks and best wishes to all for the New Year.
The development of the symbolism of Father Xmas/Santa Claus is a good example of how syncretism, that is, the over-lapping of symbolism occurs over time through the fusion of various myths, folk-lore and religion.
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23rd December This spotted while walking through Norwich suburbs. A real puzzle of comparative religion; simultaneously evoking elements of Christianity and pagan Nordic belief and a curious frisson of sacrilege and comedy. It could only, I thought, occur in Norwich, historically the only City ever to be ex-communicated. (1274). But in fact Santa crucified appears to be an American import and protest against the materialism of Xmas.