from Lady Dolphina
The Yule season is upon us and upon the commercial industry. At every turn we see some image of "Santa Claus"; but, does anyone know who he really is? I think that our world has all but forgotten.
The true Santa Claus is actually Thorr. Why do I say this? The parallels are too distinct to be ignored. Santa brings gifts and blessings to the homes of Midgard, Thorr also brings his blessings and protection to Midgard. Santa rides a sleigh drawn through the sky by horned beasts, Thorr rides a chariot drawn by horned beasts. If you will recall, Santa's two main reindeer (before Rudolph) were "Donner" and "Blitzen"; these words mean "lightning" and "thunder" in the German language. These names represent the two common manifestations of Thorr's power.
Now that we have the physical comparisons out of the way, let us consider the philosophy of the Santa/Thorr idea. Throughout time children and their families have looked to Santa Claus for hope during the Yule season. Thorr, being the patron of mankind, was petitioned out of hop and need. Santa's blessings came to the "good" children, whereas Thorr would answer those who called to him out of sincerity. Need is need, and sincere faith is goodness in effect. Therefore, their purposes are identical.
Let us take this a step further and look to the minute details. Santa's home is hidden by the Aurora Borealis. It has been surmised by some that Asgard is hidden from human eyes by that same veil. In addition, Mrs. Claus is mostly known for cooking pastries, decorating for Yule, and preparing Santa's red suit for his Christmas evening ride. The Goddess Sif, the wife of Thorr, is one of the "domestic" Goddesses, and the patron of wives and housemakers.
Consider now, if you will, the "dominion" of these personages. Santa has numerous short stout elves that carve, craft, and forge toys for the children of the world; but, Thorr's people are the short stout dwarves that craft the finest pieces that men or Gods have ever known. In reality, Santa's elves bear a greater resemblance to dwarves than they do to elves.
In some European countries, any home that Santa came to would be blessed for the following year. Thorr's hammer and the sunwheel (aslo a sacred symbol of Thorr), are used as blessings and are carved over windows and doors as wardings. Santa's presence drives away sorrow and grief, whereas Thorr wards the world from darkness.
These similarities are too blatant to be ignored. Fact is fact, Santa is Thorr. The sad part is that once our children reach a certain age they stop believing in him. Each day as you see another image of Santa, don't discard him as a character from a children's story. Because the man in the sleigh is not Santa Claus; he is Thorr. As a grown man, I believe in Santa, who is Thorr. It is odd that we teach our children to believe, only then to tell them he doesn't exist. (I have a relative who told her children that Santa was the victim of a "hit and run", and died; not a good idea).
This Yule season, teach your children about Santa, if you have children; but, tell them who he really is, perhaps he will bless you as well.