And the jury is still out on the extent of validity to these claims of shamanistic rituals involving raindeers flying (high on shrooms), bags of gifts (Amanita mushrooms–bright red with white flecks–dried in stockings by the fire overnight); the Earth Tree whose tip was the NORTH star…and a number of other SantOID factlets.
Here is a list of resources from many many more. In an earlier day, I’d have done more work to weave this into a story of my own, but today–NAH. And of course, Clement Moore did his part, and Coke did their part to pimp the jolly ol’ Cheer Leader of Seasonal Consumption, for whom I left cookies on a plate more than one Christmas Eve.
And final proof of his existence: the cookies were GONE the next morning!