It seems clear that the Saint Nicholas tradition contains a number of elements that are not ecclesiastical or biblical in origin. In Germanic and Norse mythology, Odin (Wodan, Woden, Wuotan) is a widely revered god depicted as one-eyed (Egyptian Horus) and long-bearded, cloaked elderly man accompanied by the ravens Huginn and Muninn, who bring him information from all over the world. He rides the flying, eight-legged steed Sleipnir across the sky and into the underworld as a leader of the ‘Wild Hunt’, a ghostly procession of the dead through the winter sky.
According to Hélène Adeline Guerber and others, the origin of Sinterklaas and his helpers have been linked to the Wild Hunt of Odin (Wodan, Woden, Wuotan). Riding the white horse Sleipnir he flew through the air as the leader of the Wild Hunt. His helpers are known as Zwarte Piet or Krampus, these are the origins of the Christmas elf.
Zwarte Piet, Krampus or ‘Black Peter’ are the subject of controversy, originally represented as an enslaved devil, forced to assist his captor. Krampus occasionally appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning (the link to Poseidon), eating, or transport to Hell.
According to Hebrew scholars Jesus would have been conceived supernaturally in Mary on December 25th and born in late September/early October during the Feast of Tabernacles. Satan has all his false gods, to include Odin (Mithra, Zeus, Apollos, etc.), reportedly being born on December 25th, in a manner consistent to his depraved desire to be ‘one up’ on YHVH.
Whether we call these demonic beings by the name Odin, Horus, Nimrod or Gilgamesh, they represent a vile, filthy, man claiming himself to be “2/3 god and 1/3 man.” Numerically speaking we see immediately the significance of the description, that being, that .666 is representative of two-thirds. Gilgamesh/Nimrod/Satan set up tyranny, he opposed YHVH and did his utmost to get people to forsake Him and His design for mankind.
Tree worship was common among the pagan civilizations. The “tree of paradise” of medieval mystery plays that were given on the 24th of December. In such plays, a tree decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and the apples were eventually replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls.
We can see this in striking detail in 2 Chronicles 33 “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: But did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. (The Nephilim tribes of Genesis) For he built again the high places (ziggurats or temples) which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven (zodiac) , and served them.”
“And he caused his children to pass through the fire (child sacrifice called “The Child Mass”) in the valley of the son of Hinnom (valley of death): also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”
The people of God have been enticed by the religious and societal leaders to mingle the faith in YHVH with the pagan acts of the heathens. This is not the first time and will certainly not be the last. In 305 A.D. we see the beginnings of the Byzantine religious system influencing the Judeo-Messianic movement started by the Disciples and Apostles.
While Constantine was considered to be a convert to this movement, he actually devised a well sought plan to mix his own faith in Mithras with the Judeo-Messianic followers and form a completely new religion in the Roman Catholic Church. Roman denotes the origin, while the word Catholic means universal, and the church was now a building not a body of believers. It would be this foundation that would solidify the existence of the “Child Mass” in the mixing of the profane with story of Jesus’ birth.
Getting back to the tree worship we can see in 2 Kings 17:16 “And they abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made for themselves metal images of two calves; and they made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven (zodiac) and served Baal. (Satan)”
An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic fertility mother-goddess Asherah. In the sixth chapter of the Book of Judges, God is recorded as instructing the Israelite judge Gideon to cut down an Asherah pole that was next to an altar to Baal. The wood was to be used for a burnt offering, in equal portions these offering would be both human children and animals.
Jeremiah 32:35 “They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”
2 Kings 23:10 “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no one might burn his son or his daughter as an offering to Molech.”
Leviticus 18:21 “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”
It is evident that this was not only detestable to YHVH, there too, it would appear to be a common action among certain sects of the people.