CHARGE #3: Criminal Conspiracy and Aiding & Abetting
The evidence showing that Santa Claus is part of a spiritual conspiracy yoked with the Devil is not that hard to substantiate. The evidence exists (note the image above). One of the most quirky examples is the name “Old Saint Nick”.
On the surface the title “Saint Nick” obviously refers to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century Roman Catholic bishop whom many claim to be the “real” or “original” Santa Claus. That’s debatable. But nevertheless, many assume the name “Nick” to be a shortened version of “Nicholas”, a reference to the so-called saint. That’s no doubt true to some extent, especially as the name is used in the song Jolly Old Saint Nicholas (circa 1855) and from a stanza of the Clement Moore poem (1823).
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.
What most are not aware of, however, is that “Nick” or “Old Nick”, when used in reference to Santa Claus, may not necessarily have originated from Nicholas of Myra. There is evidence to the contrary. The name “Nicholas” or “Nick” has much older roots than simply being a derivative of a 4th century Catholic Bishop. But the saintly designation given to Santa Claus can easily be explained, whether he’s connected to the Bishop of Myra or not. Remember our study on Satanic counterfeits from Part 3? The Devil has his own “ministers of righteousness”, hence the “Saint” label (2Cor. 11:14-15).
Lewis Spence (1874-1955) was a journalist, author and a 19th-20th century scholar in occultism and folklore. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and Vice-President of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society. In his classic work An Encyclopedia of Occultism (originally published in 1920) he writes:
“Nick, or Old Nick: A well-known Brittish appelation of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil, which again comes from the Anglo-Saxon naec-an, to slay, – for as Watcher says the Devil was a ‘murder from the beginning.'” 1
Here we see a direct link from Santa to Satan showing that both may be addressed by the name “Old Nick”. Coincidence? I seriously doubt it. But that’s not all.
Interestingly, in the Scriptures we find two churches, one is being commended by the Lord, the other rebuked. To the church at Ephesus it is written;
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Rev. 2:6)
To the church at Pergamos it is written;
“So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” (Rev. 2:15)
These two verses show that the Lord “hates” the deeds and doctrines of the “Nicolaitanes”. Whoever these Nicolaitanes are, they must appeal to some members of the Church, for some of them are holding to their practices and teachings. So who are the Nicolaitanes?
The word is a transliteration of two Greek words – “Nikao” and “Laos” – Nikolaos (also spelled “Nicolaus”). Did you get that? NICOLAUS. And just as we discovered that the word “Nick” means “to slay”, so too, we find that the Bible word “Nikao” means “to conquer”.2 Laos means “a people”.3 So, Nicolaus means “to conquer the people”. It’s a religious type setup where the “laos” are conquered by a priest-class. The Nicolaitanes are lording their authority over the laity and God hates it (see 1Ptr. 5:2-3). Lo and behold, we find certain depictions of Santa Claus dressed as a priest wielding a staff, and claiming to be Saint Nikao-Laos. Many times this Saint Nick is accompanied by the other Nick – Krampus, better known as the Devil.
From the words Nikao-Laos it’s easy to see how the Devil eventually acquired the name “Old Nick”, for according to scripture, he has indeed “conquered the people”. He brought sin and death to all mankind (Gen. 3), and is referred to as “the god of this world” who “hath blinded the minds of them which believe not”. (2Cor. 4:4) This more ancient definition of the word “Nicholas”, with it’s long-running connection to the Devil, should at least give the Christian room to question the Santa tradition. Perhaps Santa’s roots don’t belong to Nicholas of Myra after all, perhaps they belong to another “Nick”?
To be continued in THE TRIAL OF SANTA CLAUS: PART 6…
 Spence, Lewis. An Encyclopedia of Occultism. New York, New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1996. page 296.
 See Strong’s Concordance Greek reference numbers; 3531, 3532, 3534 and 3529.
 See Strong’s Concordance Greek reference number 2992.
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