In our last article on Santa Claus facts we learned how Santa and his red-nosed reindeer – Rudolph came to existence. We need to agree that the making of Santa and Rudolph was indeed pretty interesting. However, there are quite some weird and little known facts about Santa that we are going to put together in this new article. You may already know a few of these facts but we are pretty darn sure that the others are going to take you by surprise. So, let us begin with 20 interesting and weird Santa Claus facts.
Interesting and Weird Santa Claus Facts: 1-10
1. As we learned earlier that Santa Claus came from Saint Nicholas. According to St. Nicholas Cantata by Benjamin Britten in 1948, when Saint Nicholas was born, what he immediately did was he yelled the words – “God be Glorified.” Okay, that’s fascinating but a new born yelling words is quite frightening for anyone present nearby – even for the mother we guess!
2. There is a problem with Santa’s reindeer. You see, according to scientific study of reindeer, the males shed their antlers during the winter months. The females however maintain their antlers. Unfortunately, all of Santa’s reindeer have male names and they all have antlers during the freezing month of December. So, are those reindeer male. If yes, how come they keep their antlers during winter? If they are females with male names, Santa serious has gender identification issues.
3. Saint Nicholas did more miracles than Jesus. One such miracle was the resurrection of three kids. According to a legend, there used to be a seriously twisted butcher who once lured in three kids, killed them, butchered them and put their meat on sale, claiming that it was ham.
4. As the story goes, Saint Nicholas saw the meat immediately recognized that it was not ham but rather human flesh. He immediately resurrected the kids, who later grew up to be vegetarians.
5. There is a different version of the story which states that the butchered meat of the kids was actually pickled by the twisted cannibalistic butcher and put on sale. Saint Nicholas still managed to identify the meat as pickled boys and resurrected them.
6. Resurrection wasn’t the only miracle of Saint Nicholas. Yet another miracle that earned him the title of sailor savior was that of borrowing wheat. Though we have covered this point in previous article, we are going to give a brief summary here.
7. It was 311-312 CE famine when Saint Nicholas approached a ship full of wheat (the ship was docked at Myra port) as asked for wheat from the sailors. The sailors refused stating that the wheat was for Emperor of Constantinople who had asked for a specific weight to be delivered.
8. Saint Nicholas still took the wheat and said the sailors that the total weight of the wheat will not be reduced during delivery. St. Nicholas took enough wheat that was used for feeding the whole city Myra for 2 years in a row and yet when the Emperor of Constantinople measure the weight of the wheat on delivery, there was no change in total weight. The sailors were saved! Do you remember Jesus feeding whole bunch of people for 24 hours? We don’t think so!
9. The 8 flying reindeer of Santa weren’t supposed to be reindeer at all. The Germanic version of Santa was Odin – a Norse God who flew around on an immortal flying warhorse which had 8 legs. Before Germanic Europe was Christianized, those Germanic people celebrated Yule – an event or celebration of midwinter. It was believed that during those days ghostly occurrences and supernatural phenomena would increase significantly. One such ghostly occurrence was the Wild Hunt that was led by Odin.
10. According to popular belief of those days, Odin was an aged god with long white beard, wearing a blue hood and a cloak. He would fly around on his terrifying warhorse named Sleipnir. It was customary for children to keep food for Odin. Odin would take the food and place treats and candies there for the kids.