Don’t take Odin out of Yule

How our modern-day Santa Claus and his reindeer sleigh evolved from Norse myth Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles Santa Claus owes his very existence to the old Norse myths. He’s changed a lot over the centuries, but his origins in Scandinavia and Northern Europe cannot be denied. Here’s a look at how Santa Claus emerged from the lands of the Vikings, exchanging the Norse god Odin’s more terrifying traits for those of a plump, chuckling man of eternally good nature. Odin was chi
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The Norwegian American

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