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Ron Patton | December 13, 2018
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The celebration of Christmas has always been centered on children. It is unfortunate that the frills of Christmas were like bait and trappings for something sinister in the past. It can be argued that Christmas is a training ground for great disappointment and mistrust.

In fact, there is a movement where earnest parents believe that perhaps it is time to come clean about Christmas and Santa and all of the mythology surrounding the holiday.

However, in my opinion, I think it would be best to keep Santa as the jolly old elf we remember from Clement C. Moore’s poem, “T’was the Night Before Christmas – and yes Virginia that would even include the pipe that he smokes as he is reading the naughty and nice list.

When I first spoke about the darker Christmas stories with Bob Larson someone reminded me in an e-mail that the anagram for Santa is, unfortunately, Satan, the devil, the deceiver.

It is ironic that one tradition that never gets lost on children is finding out the truth about Santa. It is always someone you don’t trust, a deceiver who tells you there is no Santa and someone you love and trust that tells you there is.

The origins of all of the Christmas stories including the story of Jesus deal with child sacrifice and salvation form a horned being whether it be Baal, Molech, or Satan himself.

The story of all of God’s children being saved from the snare of the devil is the reason why we celebrate Christmas in the first place as the nativity of the Christ child is one extreme that takes us on a mysterious journey to the cross where the son of God was sacrificed for the saving of all of God’s children.

The story runs parallel to that of Saint Nicholas.

The historic St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor. St. Nicholas is traditionally considered the patron saint of children, particularly boys. In fact, in medieval England, it was the custom on St. Nicholas’ Day December 6 to choose a choirboy from the cathedral choir as “Bishop for a Day.”

The association is traced to the legend of St. Nicholas and the Three Pickled Boys. Tradition has it that an evil shopkeeper in the town of Myra hated children. He kidnapped three small boys, chopped them up with an axe, and pickled them in a barrel. St. Nicholas, upon hearing of this horror, prayed fervently to God. Because of the purity of his faith, the boys were raised to life and wholeness again and came out of the pickle barrel singing “Alleluia!” and giving thanks to God.

However, according to legend, the evil spirit of the Butcher haunted St. Nicholas in penance ever since.

The French called the spirit Pere Fouettard. The word, Fouett, is the French equivalent of switch or whip.

So Pere is father and Fouettard means whipper – or the man with the whip.

So Pere Fouettard was the punisher who followed Nicholas wherever he went – punishing the bad children.

This same character is also part of the traditions in other cultures.

There is Swarte Pete, or Black Peter who also punishes the bad children and gives them coal – and the most notorious child beating satyr known as Krampus.

It is always uncomfortable to say to people that the origins of the Christmas celebrations are evolutionary. We added a little of the birthday of Christ and somehow mashed up the pagan celebrations.

There were also Luciferian celebrations of light and of course there is also a little bit of the satanic because after all, the whole fantasy within the mythology is all about the war between God and the devil and in some ways it is also a ritualistic way of remembering the return of the dark father or if you will permit the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The story of the return of the magical bearded man from heaven dressed in red is taken directly from the book of the Apocalypse. It has been manipulated by the Illuminists however the mythology does apply.

In the Book of Revelation Chapter 19:13 Christ, The son of God is described as returning from the skies in light and glory wearing robes dipped in blood, However there are many people who see this as a manipulation even a simulacrum of evil and deception as handed down from the generations of the evil surrounding the holiday that has been called the times of sacrifice.

The Yule was originally set aside as a time to offer a child sacrifice to the horned god, Pope Gregory advised Saint Augustine to allow his converts certain festivals as formerly they had done this in honor of the devil. Saint Augustine permitted their usual December celebration under the new name. These early pagan Ceremonies are derived from many of the English holiday customs that have survived to this day.

The name of Nicholas given to the red suited bearded man has also been derived from devilish origins because Old Nick was always known anciently as the devil. The name Nick is taken from the old European name Nikken meaning to murder or slay inferring the old saying that Satan was actually the murderer from the beginning.

Santa, in the beginning, had an alter ego and that was Baal’s Nick or Belsnickel the murdering assassin of Baal, the horned God of sacrifice. Again we see the comparisons to Krampus, a horned and hairy devil who would visit children that would not behave.

His job was to kidnap children, beat them with a switch and sometimes eat them. Krampus is a German word meaning “old claws.”

Krampus is the mirroring entity of an ancient Phoenician god known as Moloch. There are actually traditions that mirror today’s Christmas traditions, believe it or not they can be found in the Old Testament, thousands of years before Christ.

If you open the bible to Isaiah chapter 57:5 you read about the ancients placing idols of worship under a tree. They inflame themselves under near the evergreen trees and sacrifice their children in the sanctuaries in front on idols.

They did so in the valley of Ben Hinnom. In the 1920s, an explorer had found 6000 funerary Urns in Carthage. They were sacrificed in the sanctuary of Tanit.

In ancient times, the Phoenicians, in Carthage and elsewhere, had a reputation for sacrificing children. One adventurer/explorer in the 1920s found 6,000 funerary urns in Tanit, where the little children of Carthage were sacrificed for the sake of the city’s security.”

It was believed that the children were killed in order to provide safety from evil entities and to ensure that the Sun would return. This would bring peace and goodwill to all men according to the ancients.

In the sanctuaries was a large, stone idol. It had the head of a horned bull. The horned god had arms where the child would be placed. Ropes and pulleys would raise the arms to heaven. The child would then fall out of the arms into a pile of burning oak. This was the gift under the trees. The gift to Molech would be an exchange for the birth of the Sun, or “Sol Invictus,” the unconquered sun.

Later the practice was abandoned, however, there were various sects that would create child effigies or dolls that would be used in the ritual. The tradition of giving dolls for mock sacrifice was often observed in the Winter.

As part of the Saturnalia rites, namely remembering how Saturn who in mythology ate his children, the Pagans ate little biscuits, often shaped like little human beings or children. These edible cookies evolved into ginger bread men.

In the sanctuaries was a large stone idol. It had the head of a horned bull. The horned god had arms where the child would be placed. Ropes and pulleys would raise the arms to heaven. The child would then fall out of the arms into a pile of burning oak. This was the gift under the trees. The gift to Moloch would be an exchange for the birth of the Sun, or “Sol Invictus’ the unconquered sun.

Most people have heard of Moloch as an owl icon used in the “cremation of dull care” ceremonies at the Bohemian Grove.

Many of our leaders today go to this area of Northern California as a retreat. The event includes a mock child sacrifice to a stone owl that is believed to represent Moloch. The sacrifice is done under evergreen trees.

Moloch represents Saturn, and coincidentally Christmas, a holiday for the children happens to be during the feasts of Saturnalia.

I believe Krampus has more to do with the horned god of child sacrifice than that of Satan.

Krampus traditionally would murder the bad children by throwing them in his sack or hiding them in a basket to drown or beat to death later. Some people believe that the idiom “going to hell in a handbasket” is from the legends of Krampus.

It is important to note that as we prepare for the dark solstice there is the tradition of the return of the dark father known as Saturn who also is connected to Satan in his many functions.

Saturn, of course, is in another pantheon known as Kronos, the Father of Time.

The Saturnalia festivities are deeply rooted in the festival of the New Year or the new sun. It is the way to take a negative influence and change it into a positive. Saturn was always considered a negative influence and is intrinsically associated with man’s limitations, death, blight, and decay.

Father Time has always been depicted as a white-haired bearded entity that carries an hourglass and scythe. The bearded father time looks like a mirrored version of Santa or Ruebezahl the entity that would gather the children for the Yule sacrifice. Traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper come from the image of father time and are a reminder of man’s mortality.

Charles Dickens, the author of “A Christmas Carol,” always added an element of the paranormal to convey a lesson—his four ghosts that appear to Ebenezer Scrooge are very aggressive and torment him in the nights prior to Christmas day. Marley was a frightening specter that looked hideous and inhuman.

The Ghost of Christmas Present appears and just prior to the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, he lifts his heavy cloak and reveals two emaciated children with hollowed out black eyes. He calls the boy, Ignorance and the girl, Want.

On the forehead of the boy was a mark. The mark meant doom. When Dickens wrote his tale of an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, it was estimated that nearly half of all funerals in London were for children under the age of ten.

They would be interred in pauper’s cemeteries. In those times there was a story about the graveyard watchers or the L’ankou. The L’ankou was draped and hooded to hide his pale and wiry frame.

The legend comes from the old Celtic legends of Brittany or the lesser “Britain.”

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, legends would persist that the hooded figure would sometimes appear at Christmas Eve mass and if you were touched by his cloak you would die within the year. There were many historians that would write in their journals that the L’ankou would appear after the appearances of comets and fireballs.

If anyone was to see a hooded figure in their town, their town would be cursed with plague and dysentery. Dickens used this figure to represent the future because death was inevitable in times of greed and ignorance.

The hooded figure of Christmas yet to come was a threatening spirit that said nothing but threw Scrooge from shadow after shadow of the future, keeping him in horror and torment until he showed him what he would become – dead and forgotten.

He would be dead carrying the burden and chains of a damned soul, just like his friend, Jacob Marley. Damned souls have a tendency to be angry and full of wrath. They are the aggressive darker spirits that in life may have been troubled, unruly, menacing, violent even murderous.

Carl Jung had expressed that all humans have inherited a set of primordial images that are buried deep in the collective unconscious. These are called archetypes and they tend to remain buried within the unconscious mind. Deep down we respond to them and they are programmed into us through religion, art, literature and films. The shadow archetype is the most dangerous one of all. Shadow archetypes have the tendency to invade thoughts and when those shadowy thoughts become “group think” there is the possibility that through some quantum trick a manifestation can take place.

The shadow archetype becomes a real breathing entity fortified with the groupthink that prolongs its life and its image can be a harbinger to some other event that will eventually cause hardship.

Krampus is just one more reminder of what Christmas was.

Krampus represented a balance of light and dark, providing a harmony between good and evil.

It is good to remember that Krampus, while appearing to be a demon, is not the anti-Santa however. Since ancient times he has worked alongside Santa to ensure that people had respect, behaved, and were good to each other in his own unorthodox way.

Written by Ron Patton

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