January 6, 2013

Santa Claus Was On Mushrooms

How else do you figure that an overweight white guy can deliver presents to children around the world in a six hour time frame that changes every minute?

It’s Saint Nick! The story of Santa Claus has been very popular in traditional holiday lore. More impressive is that no matter what hardship or event that upstages the next cure for cancer or technological advancement, Christmas time will never go interrupted. This holiday season is suitable for the modern calendar for the message that it sends in terms of time. The message is more of a general norm of society to come together for happiness and cheer amid the events of the past year.

It’s an end of an otherwise historical measurement of our time period, as well as an ode to the spirit and happiness that humanity across all cultures and beliefs can band together. Indeed, Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year.

But one of the most peculiar aspects of Christmas time is undoubtedly the story and routine of Santa Claus and his sleigh of reindeer. First and foremost, it does not matter how ridiculous a story may seem to us because of the happiness that is inspired. In that regard, it can be said that we are a species heavily invested in our faith of each other and in our lore.

With that out of the way, where in God’s name did the story of Santa Claus originate?

Santa Claus is a predominately Christian icon in American folklore, and gained his popularity in the 19th century greatly in North America. The origin of his character came from Clement Clark Moore’s poem “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, as well as the consistent animations of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast. The most popular aspect of Santa Claus is his yearly routine of delivering presents to children across the world in the late hours of Christmas Eve. Perhaps most of his inspiration came from Saint Nicholas of Myra, who was known widely for his generosity and giving out gifts to the poor.

Santa Claus’ ability to deliver his presents are actually owed to him being on hallucinogenic mushrooms, theorized John Rush, an anthropologist instructor at Rocklin, California. According to Rush, the story of Santa Claus could be a manifestation of the ritual from shamans in Siberia whom delighted themselves in delivering dried mushrooms as gifts in late December. This ritual was prominent only up until a few hundred hours ago. This phenomenon is suitable due to the location of Siberia and Arctic regions having intensely low temperatures.

Another bit of support for that theory is that being located in Arctic regions, there was an excess of snow to block doors. The solution? We’ll dive into the two foot wide hole in the roof of the house. This theory sounds like complete ridiculousness, and would be, if it didn’t make so much sense in a logical way.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms.

James Arthur hypothesizes that Amanita Muscaria, or flying Agaric could be the main inspiration for the red and white presents under trees. That comes from Agaric turning clean red and white when completely dried, and placed neatly under Pine Trees in the northern regions of Siberia. I swear this theory shouldn’t make any sense, but the ridiculousness in me won’t let it slide.

I’ll let you decide, hope you had Happy Holidays folks!!!

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