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Yeah...according ancient christian documents. You can still see the origin of Santa Clause today in Siberia, their native Shamans dressed in red and white symbollically referring to the Amanita Musceria mushroom, a giant red with white spots, hallucinogenic, completely legal mushroom that grows in forests in nearly every part of the world, off the roots of trees, much like an apple grows off a branch. On the winter solstice (december 21-25 +/-)in Siberia, the shaman would collect the Amanitas in his sleigh pulled by deer, let them dry by stacking them in the branches of a cone shaped pine tree, bring them back to the village/tribe and sell/give them to the members, and in Siberia, the snow may pile higher than the front enterances of their tents or homes, so the shaman would then enter through the smoke hole in the top. To prepare these mushrooms to rid the negative toxins out of it, Siberians would hang them over their fire place in stockings to dry out, they are then edible without negative side effects. My instincts suggest the Romans adored these winter solstice traditions of the natives to the north. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs)
These traditions have existed far longer than our religious institutions, and still do to this day.