An Ugly Christmas
Did you know that the legend of Santa actually derives from Shamans in the Siberian / Arctic regions who would deliver hallucinogenic mushrooms as presents in December? Because snow was usually blocking doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the parallel with Santa using the chimney to enter houses at night. But, it doesn’t stop there! Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms, like gifts, are found beneath coniferous trees. Reindeer (shamanic spirit animals) love to seek out these red and white mushrooms to have a hallucinogenic experience - loving them so much that when folks who ate them would step outside to pee, they would knock them over in attempt to get to the urine! Maybe this is why Rudolphs nose resembles a big shiny red mushroom?