The Strange, Psychedelic History of Christmas

Santa Claus and fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

How do reindeer fly Santa’s sleigh around the world? If you guessed hallucinogenic mushrooms, you might be right. It almost sounds sacrilegious to mix psychedelics and winter festivities, but there’s actually a fair amount of historical evidence that suggests modern Christmas was borne out of trippy traditions. From flying reindeer to presents and ornaments to the bearded man with the North Pole address, a ton of iconography overlaps with indigenous psychedelic shamanism in Siberia and northern Europe.” – Troy Farah salon.com

salon.com: The strange, psychedelic history of Christmas

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