Does Santa Equal Satan?

I have always thought it a bit strange the way in which Santa Clause is often refered to as St. Nick  or Jolly Old St. Nick, because “Old Nick” is also one of the names which is frequently associated with the devil. Than as I began to think about it, I began to see several similarities between Santa and Satan. When you really being to think it over, it actually is quite interesting in many ways.

So is it pure coincidence? Or is it something else?

I will state the various ways in which I see a connection between what on the surface would seem to be two vastly different characters and you can decide for yourselves.

First and foremost the name itself cannot be ignored.

Santa Clause vs. Satan

The same exact letters used in both names, only arranged in a different way, in addition the word Clause is pronounced the same as Claws, thus giving it a possible double meaning.

In addition is the fact that both figures are traditionally associated with the color red. Just why does Santa go around in a read suit all the time?

As I began to think about it I also began to realize that in many ways Santa also does encourage and act out upon the so called Seven deadly sins:

Lust/Temptation: He is a tempter of children, and he appeals  most specially to the materialistic and base natures within us. He seeks to lure children towards him with gifts of objects or treats of candy and sweets.  Satan is a figure of many disguises and often comes in a form which is most charming, deceptive, and seemingly harmless, thus he appears to children as a grandpa like figure who can easily earn trust and wishes for children to indulge themselves.

Greed: This links to the above, Santa inspires children to want! want! want!  Christmas is the favorite holiday of most children because of what they think they will get out of it, because of the idea of being showered in gifts. While it sounds nice to say it is better to give than to receive, and for the older and wiser this may be said with sincerity, but to many people and particularly to the young, well they snicker to themselves when they hear grown-ups say such things and they “know” that it is far better to get.

Envy: This also connects to the other two, in a situation in which you have gifts being given you will inevitably end up in situations of children thinking that so and so got more gifts than they did, or got better gifts, or got something they wanted or they will think more of the gifts they wanted but did not get instead of the things which they were given. Instead of simply being grateful for being given free gifts in the first place and just enjoying the occasion, it is just as likely that many will spend their time thinking about the things they didn’t get, or the things they don’t have.

Gluttony: Santa is one of the biggest gluttons around, (no pun intended) not only is he often seen as indeed being a very robust figure, well we all know that he loves to eat. One of the most beloved traditions is the leaving out of cookies and other treats for Santa. Just think, if every house in the world left out something for him to eat, and he vigorously consumes it all.

Sloth: In spite of the fact that Santa has a lot of time off it does not seem as if he looses any weight, in addition to the fact that the guy only works once a year  and he has elves do much of the actual hard work for him ( slave labor perhaps or evil minions?) Elves are often also considered to be a type of imp, and imps are often perceived as being mischievous spirits or demons.

Wrath: While it is hard to imagine Santa, the jolly old fellow who goes around delivering presents to children as being very wrathful or mean-spirited, and yet almost all Santa traditions comes with a dark side, that is the threat of some negative repercussions against naughty children. While within the U.S and other places, it is commonly the thread of being left with a lump of coal, this is relatively tame compared to many other traditions which often involve the idea of naughty children acutally being taken away. Some may recall my article last year on the Krampus a demon who followed Santa around to drag naughty children away in chains and beat them and torment them. This may also being seen as akin to claiming the souls of those who had fallen to his temptations.

Pride/Vanity: This is the one sin of which does not appear to have any direct connections to the occasion and of which it is more difficult to make a case for. Though the holiday does breed a certain feeling of self-centeredness within people, both in leading them to be thinking only of themselves and the things they want others to give them. It can also be said that it breeds pride in those giving away of gifts for those who do seek out to buy bigger, better, more expensive items as a form of trying to show off and perhaps out do others.

When one really thinks about it there are some very hedonistic aspects to the way in which the Christmas holiday is celebrated.

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7 comments on “Does Santa Equal Satan?

  1. Isabella says:

    A Reaction, A Blending, A Nod, A Smile…

    Once again I’m delighted to hear your thoughts challenge, provoke, and rattle the many cages that we…we humans have built for ourselves.

    Santa and Satan, fine fellows in red, and both are favorites in my little black book. I love both the elfin Santa for his chaotic, unpredictable demeanor, and the “modern” one set into stone by the forces of mercantilism. Both are ironic, sexual, and completely ridiculous in their primal missions.

    Those who wish to make tons of cash have an interest in holiday red, for it does, if we have the strength to trace it back, leave us with sanguine feelings (and here I’m nodding towards a erotic charge to sanguinity, that charge the human heart, if allowed to enjoy the reins of control, feels as it orders, restricts, and possesses the apple of its eye). Who doesn’t blush when one beholds one’s darkest needs made manifest in the object? Satan knows, I blush warmly when I control that which I covet most…thus the red, warm colors, in my Luciferian mind, are truly appropriate for out dear, chaotic Saint. He is red not from his own need, but out of our own collective needs for that lusty color to be a part of him.

    The rise of the mercantile Santa in the twentieth century gave us, again in my small opinion, a collision of material need with festive wish. That which we want most, we need most…from a supernatural source. Christians, the one’s who have spirits bent towards transcendence from this world, want intangible goods for the soul; but, oh me, oh my, those Christians who quietly bear the number of the Beast on their flesh, and bare it brazenly…albeit unconsciously, need Santa’s red suit and thick black boots to trod their houses at night with complete mastery over their domain. If they have been good, he may reward them with the needs craved most by their flesh; but if they have been wicked, who doesn’t remember the promise of switches? As we can see, the modern Santa meshes well with “fallen needs,” just like his brother (shall we say alter-ego?), Satan. And both, I hear, are quite good at handing out the stripes.

    After reading your post yesterday, I settled in to think about my response, my blending. As I reclined in nerdy joy over idle time on the History Channel, I noted ironically the History of Christmas, and in short, stayed up a bit to enjoy it. Now, I understand the “old” vision of Saint Nick as a dualistic teaming with a devil-like figure (good cop, bad cop…got it), but to see it, now that was a different matter. Leering over the saint’s shoulder was…the Devil. The dualism made my head spin. My epiphany: How wise we are at times in our endeavors to expose our souls, but in the same moment, when the coin rises in a toss, and tumbles back down carelessly, how blind we be to such truths.

    If we take Satan as Milton’s “apostate angel,” then we have that fellow who, in a sanguine mood, raged against the chains of order (yeah, laying the old S&M theme on pretty thick here, ain’t I?) only, ironically, to find himself overpowered by the King of Heaven’s omni-“potent” hand, yeh, to the point of ultimate punishment and restriction (love that bit of homoeroticism). With Milton’s Satan, we get the punishment theme, and thus from Old Scratch to Old Nick, we get the connection between reward and punishment, and thus a primal connection back to the old “reason for existence” category.

    I love how you tied in the Catholic Virtues and Vices, truly a medieval touch. They make me swoon again as I think of the corrective theme, as I remember how strict and severe Catholic nuns can be in their delivery of education…either by the praising hand, or by the corrective hand of Holy Smiting.

    At the end of my wild musing now, and I’m left thinking, left thinking why humanity needs, even in its craving for sex, art, technology the promise of vast rewards, and or, stricter punishments?

    I suppose I’m strange.
    I rather love my rewards to blend with my punishments, maybe that’s why I think of Santa and dear old Satan as sexual symbols de jure!

  2. Ra2chel says:

    uhmm…..St. Nicholas was a real person at one point and time. he gave to orphans. And second of all, the rest of the magic crap was made up by adults trying to get thier kids to be good! So yeahh…just MY personal thoughts… :)

  3. Isabella says:

    Dearest Rac2chel,

    Since you did not leave a definition of what constitutes “real” as in “real person,” I look askance at your statement. For me Satan is a “real” personage though I cannot see aforementioned spirit. So, what are you calling/labeling as “real”? Only things that have extension in time and space, or are you including supernatural identities in that “real” summation?

    Next, I don’t appreciate the phrase “magic crap.” But since this is not my blog, I will step aside and let the wise owner deal with it.


  4. Dave R says:

    Here’s something you’ll find interesting:

    In Germany’s black forest, before Christianity came to the place, they had a legend about creatures called ‘tomtin’. These were wholly evil little dwarf-like creatures, who wore red (the color of blood). They would band together, pull a traveler to the ground and beat him. (The tomtin were based on past legends of small, bloodthirsty, vampire beings known in Germany as ‘Alpen’).

    The tomtin had a leader, though. He was known as Nacht Rupert. Nacht Rupert would sometimes come into villages taking a small army of tomtin with him, and could sometimes be seen peering into windows. He would often kill those he was watching, unless the people inside were keeping to the old faiths, in which case he would give gifts.

    When the Catholic faith made it to the area, they were appalled at such a thing, and decided to replace the notion with a saint, who happened to be St. Nicholas. At first, though, this did not erase his sinister reputation. For some time, he was known as ‘Buller Claus’ (translates to ‘Belled ‘Nicholas’) because of the chains and bells that he carried. When he approached a house, the tomtin/alpen went ahead to rouse sleeping children, drag them from their beds, and ask them questions on the Christian catechism. If they could not answer or answered incorrectly, the tomtin beat them with sharp sticks and chains while St. Nicholas pelted them with hard coal until they bled and the tomtin licked the blood from their wounds. If they were able to answer correctly, they were (grudgingly) rewarded with an apple or sweetmeat. Luckily, St. Nicholas would only come once a year, on a certain day in winter.

    Later, the image of the tomtin softened, Buller Claus became Santa Claus, and the little vampires became ‘Santa’s little helpers’ or ‘Christmas Elves’. Also, things changed around a bit, and now it is Santa who wears the red (color of blood) suit.

    Just think of that next time you see Santa at the shopping mall!

  5. psalm18verse02 says:

    I just somehow tonight when I read the name “santa” I thought it said “satan”. rearrange the letters and it does say that. Excellent comment.

  6. john says:

    I know Santa is Satan. It’s so obvious. But if you want to know the whole truth about Christmas go to YouTube. And type in. The truth about Christmas. Get ready for some shocks

  7. Teo says:

    «[...] Santa traditions comes with a dark side, that is the threat of some negative repercussions against naughty children.[...]» I can see how this can apply to another certain something…

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