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5 Christmas Traditions Revealed

Samuel Farrand |

Ever wonder where we came up with the idea of hanging stockings? Putting ornaments on a tree? Putting presents under a tree? or Where the legend of Santa Claus originated from? We owe these traditions to believe it or not... the northern shamans.
Many Christmas traditions were abstracted from practices of siberian tribes and northern swedens indigenous reindeer herders the Saami (Suomi/Sami) Together the two helped shape the magical holiday of Christmas. Here are the origins of 5 traditions revealed.

“The image of a plump man wearing a red & white cap & suit is a representation to the mushroom”

1. Presents under the Tree

Every winter solstice shamans would gather & collect mushrooms found under evergreen trees (presents) and store them in burlap bags. (Santa Claus) The mushrooms would then be distributed to the loyal and worthy villagers then hung up and dried by the fireplace to be consumed on the solstice. (stockings) In ancient northern europe Christmas was the celebration of the return of light.

Shamanic Christmas by Samuel Farrand

2. The Legend of Santa Claus

The Legend of Santa comes from northern Eurasia. Shamans venture out every winter solstice dressed in deer hide to collect the sacred Amanita Muscaria mushroom. The image of a plump man wearing a red & white cap & suit is a representation to the mushroom, which was stored in bags. The shaman would climb down the chimney of yurts to hand out the "gifts".

Shaman Claus by Samuel Farrand

"We owe these traditions to believe it or not... the Northern Shamans."

3. Hanging Ornaments

Hanging ornaments & presents under a Christmas tree comes from northern Europe from when shamans would gather and collect mushrooms found growing under evergreen trees (presents). The shaman placed the mushrooms on the tree to dry out. (ornaments) Once the mushrooms dried they were then stored in burlap bags to be distributed on the eve of the winter solstice.

'O Christmas Tree by Samuel Farrand

4. Elves & Reindeer

The Sami people are indigenous society who reside in northern Finland & Sweden. In old age they were reindeer herders and is where the legend of Santas reindeer was adopted from. The Sami people dressed in colorful attire and were small in stature and is where the notion of the elves come from. Many Christmas traditions we owe to the Sami.

Noaidi by Samuel Farrand

5. Hanging Stockings by the Fireplace

The Tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace originate from northern Europe. On the winter solstice northern shamans would gather mushrooms found under evergreens and place them in burlap bags. The mushrooms were placed by the fire to dry overnight, and then would be consumed the following day.

Stockings by the Fireplace by Samuel Farrand

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About the Author

This blog was conceived by Visionary Artist & Entrepreneur Samuel Farrand. He is the creator of Tetramode and has been a psychedelic digital artist since 1998. He uses Adobe Illistrator & Photoshop to create his work and each piece can take up to 60-80 hrs to make, although some pieces has taken 3-5 years!

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Wonderful art and article. Thank you.

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