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Thread #54983   Message #853292
Posted By: Penny S.
24-Dec-02 - 06:06 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
But they do have St Nicholas in the Netherlands, with a rather odd dark creature called Black Peter, I think. So there is a connection with the Dutch. He goes round in a bishop's gear.

Whereas Father Christmas, as portrayed in Dickens, at anyrate, is a very pagan character, in voluminous green robes, much akin to the Green Knight, and jolly, but overwhelming. So there is something there of the Green Man idea.