Is Santa Claus biblical and should be worshiped?
The Origins of Santa Claus
Saint Nicholas, who later became Bishop of Myra, was among the senior bishops who convened at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament. The text they produced portrayed the Jews as the children of the devil who sentenced Jesus to death. In 1087, a group of sailors idolized Nicholas and moved his bones to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy from Turkey where, they were buried. It is here Nicholas supplanted a female deity named Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill little children’s stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the center of Nicholas’ cult. Members of this group gave each other gifts on the anniversary of Nicolas’ death on December 6. The cult was then spread north to German and Celtic pagans where Nicholas was then merged with their chief god and father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Woden (their god) had a long white beard and rode the heavens on a horse one evening each autumn. When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance and grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and began to wear heavy winter clothing. In a bid for more pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should also) distribute gifts on December 25.