Taken from Russell Blackford's Blog: Metamagician and The Hellfire Club.

 

Downloadable pdf of a paper by David Kyle Johnson mixing scholarly research (and a little necessary speculation) on the origin of the myth of Santa Claus

 

Even if you think you know (Embellished by a cola company / Elemental Elf of Clement Clarke Moore's imagination / Derived from St Nicholas ) a careful review of history shows why it's a lot more complex than just that.

 

 

From Whence Santa Comes.

 

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