Countdown to Christmas 6: What did the Vikings ever do for Christmas?

Did you know that Santa Claus or Father Christmas as we know him was possibly once a Viking god?  Odin was known as a God amongst the Germanic peoples whose tribes were spread across Europe.  Most of what we know about Odin is from Norse Mythology.

In these Norse tales he was described as having one eye and a long beard, he wore a blue hood and rode an eight legged horse known as Sleipnir across the sky.  Odin was particularly associated with Yule or Yuletide which was a religious festival amongst the Germanic peoples.  The festival took place between mid November and early January during which Odin would visit people bringing them gifts.  Its thought that as the winter festival became christian Odin was transformed into Father Christmas.

 

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