Dec 15, 2008

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Viking

I'll be painting this tonight. Planning on going for traditional Santa colors; white beard and trim, red helmet and sleaves. I'll also be adding in some snow afterwards. I didn't really know this before hand, at first I just wanted to draw Santa as a Viking ... but just from doing basic research and from some other sources, it would seem that the Viking Odin (and viking culture) is thought to be one of the true origins of the Santa mythos. (For Odin, he rode an 8 legged horse, which shook the earth as he went about. Children would leave their stockings full of hay and in return Odin would place inside of them small gifts as thanks.

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