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The Trial of Santa Claus: Is Santa Guilty of Crimes Against God? – PART 6

Santa with his demon elvesIn the previous part of this series (Part 5) we began highlighting how Santa Claus is guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit fraud with the Devil. Part 6 continues to focus on this accusation.

The second piece of evidence showing Santa as a co-conspirator with the Devil comes from the line “He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf”, another characteristic primarily being understood from Clement Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas poem.

Obviously we have no problem with Santa being “chubby and plump”, but regarding the ELF, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology & Folklore states:

This name for the people of the otherworld came into Britain from Scandinavia with Viking raiders and immigrants; it soon became naturalized and is found as often as such words as fairy and brownie.1 …folklore sometimes fails to distinguish fairies from the dead… The word first became fays, and fay-erie meant being under the power of the fays. It is a slippery term used by various writers to refer to different beings of the otherworld: diminshed goddesses, elves, even ghosts.2

An early 1691 manuscript refers to the elf or fairy as “subterranean (and for the most part,) invisible people3 and “…are said to be of a middle nature betwixt man and angel, as were the daemons thought to be of old; of intelligent studious spirits, and light changeable bodies, (like those called astral) somewhat of a condensed cloud, and best seen in twilight.4

Webster’s 1830 Dictionary says of the elf: “1. A wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin. 2. An evil spirit; a devil. …5

Lore associating Santa Claus with such creatures as the elf, fairy or brownie is not limited to Moore’s poem, however. In Swedish and Norwegian legend Santa is linked with the “tomte” and “nisse” (or tomtenisse). Short, gnome-like creatures with white beards and red hats.

It is difficult to say how far the other supernatural beings – their name is legion – who in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland are believed to come out of their underground hiding-places during the long dark Christmas nights, were originally ghosts of the dead. …the Scandinavian Yule, Tomte Gubbe, a sort of genius of the house corresponding very much to the ‘druging gobling’…for whom the cream-bowl must be duly set. … At all events on Christmas Eve Yule porridge and new milk are set out for him, sometimes even tobacco.6

Elven, fairy and gnome lore is extensive, yet one need not look far to discover it’s centuries-old ties with the spirit world. Supposed “ghosts of the dead” which the scriptures are quick to define as the unclean spirits of devils (see Mt. 10:1, Mk. 2:27, 3:11, 5:13, 6:7, Lk. 4:36, 6:18, Acts 5:16, 8:7, etc). Over time, the evolution of the Santa Legend has also linked Santa Claus to these spirits. Today he’s the “jolly old elf” with helper elves which do his bidding.

And finally, the last piece of evidence is something you’ve been reading all along. You’ve read it over and over again in this series, but maybe did not realize that you were making the connection. How many times thus far have you read the name “Satan” and instead said “Santa” or vice versa? I’ve no doubt you’ve probably done it once or twice. But what kind of a name is “Santa” anyway? Actually, it’s not a name. It’s a title. It’s the feminine Spanish designation for “Saint” (Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santa Fe, etc.). The masculine designation is “San” (San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, etc.). So why does Santa Claus have a female designation? Who knows? But consider the fact that since Santa is a man, and not a woman as his title suggests, perhaps the meaning of “Santa” is not what’s important? Perhaps what’s important are the letters in his name? After all, he is Old Nick.

Is Santa Claus guilty of being yoked together with the Devil in order to perpetrate a lie? He is according to the three pieces of evidence we’ve covered in Parts 5 and 6.

1.) Both Santa and the Devil share the name “Nick”. A name that means to slay or to conquer.

2.) Both Santa and the Devil have connections with elves. Creatures which history has associated with invisible evil spirits.

3.) Both Santa and the Devil share identical letters in their names (one S, T and N, and two As).

The easy way out is to simply chalk it all up to coincidence.

To be continued in THE TRIAL OF SANTA CLAUS: PART 7…


[1] Monaghan, Patricia. The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology & Folklore. New York, New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2004. page 151.

[2] Ibid., page 167

[3] Kirk, Robert. The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Faries: A Study in Folklore & Psychical Research. The text by Robert Kirk, M.A., Minister of Aberfoyle, A.D. 1691. The Comment by Andrew LAng, M.A., A.D. 1893. London: David Nutt, In the Strand., 1893. pages 1.

[4] Ibid., page 5.

[5] Webster, Noah. American Dictionary of the English Language: Third Edition. New York: S. Converse, 1830. page 290.

[6] Miles, Clement A. Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1912. Pages 219, 236.

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The Trial of Santa Claus: Is Santa Guilty of Crimes Against God? – PART 5


 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.

Old Nick as the Devil
FIg. A) Label for an English barley wine.    Fig. B) A pornographic magazine printed by Satanists

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.

Krampus the Devil
Vintage images of Krampus, also 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”?

Little Nicky the son of Satan
Even Hollywood is familiar with “Nick” being associated with Satan. The 2002 film “Little Nicky” starred Adam Sandler as the son of Satan himself. Note the Satanic “Horned-Devil Salute” which is performed with the left hand (circled in red) on the back of the DVD cover above.

 To be continued in THE TRIAL OF SANTA CLAUS: PART 6


[1] Spence, Lewis. An Encyclopedia of Occultism. New York, New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1996. page 296.

[2] See Strong’s Concordance Greek reference numbers; 3531, 3532, 3534 and 3529.

[3] See Strong’s Concordance Greek reference number 2992.

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