The dark history of Santa Claus

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Christmas has become the most celebrated holiday practiced by millions of people around the world. It is a symbol that is inspired by the life of Jesus, and it is celebrated by both believers in Christ and non-believers. However, there are people who, by their actions, hold Santa Claus in a higher regard than Christ during Christmas. I believe these people are unaware that Santa Claus, their Christmas icon, has a dark past. 

After extensive research from various scriptures and books, the purpose of this article is to uncover the dark history of Santa Claus and to show you how he shares a similarity with ancient pagan gods, including Satan.

The Origin of Santa Claus

Thousands of years ago, Baal and Tammuz, two ancient pagan deities, were worshipped by the Moabites and Canaanites under the names Chemosh or Molech. Although generations may have passed, the worship has remained the same, despite the names changing over the years. 

In ancient Moab, there was a public child mass celebration during the winter around December 25th, in the form of a public ritual sacrifice. Parents would make a list of things they wanted to happen the next year, and then they would sacrifice their children, who were born that year, to their god, Molech, in the hope that their prayers would be answered.

The book of Jeremiah gives us a clear explanation of how these pagan nations worship their fallen gods.

Molech, the Ancient Pagan god of Child Sacrifice

35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.Jeremiah 32:35

The Pagan god Molech and Mithra

During the ritual sacrifice, the priest of chemosh would build big fires inside the hollow metal idol of the god, chemosh. Then, the priest would collect the children from their parents and place them on the lap of the hot metal idol Chemosh as a form of sacrifice. Advertisement

Since that metal would be hot as a furnace, the children would then burn with their voices screaming to the heavens. The idol god Molech also wore a hat that is similar to what Santawears, and one that the pagan god of the sun, Mithra, wore. 

NB: Pay close attention to the images of both hats because they were worn by both pagan gods and are similar to what Santa Claus wears today.

Pagan god, Mithra

Pagan god Molech

The Moabites would offer their screaming children to the lap of the metal statue of Molech, in the hope that this would please their idol god and grant them their desires for the following year. The scene turned into a bloody mess, with the screams of helpless children echoing throughout the entire surrounding. So many children were sacrificed and later died from burn injuries on the metal statue of Molech.

31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

Jeremiah 7:31

Pagan sacrifice ritual to Molech

The Most High God warned against using children as sacrifice to false idols.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 18:21

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An obvious connection between Molech and Santa Claus

Today, that part of ritual sacrifice might have changed, but there is still a similarity. During the Christmas season, people all around the world take their children to sit on the lap of a stranger called Santa Claus, whom their infant kids don’t know. Children are usually afraid to sit on Santa’s lap, and if you notice, they usually start screaming during the process.

It is still a mystery why children cry when Santa holds them. I think that, as a result of their heightened senses, infants probably sense a demonic entity when they encounter someone dressed as Santa. 

Terrified Kids sitting at Santa Laps

Crying child terrified at the presence of Santa

Kid scared of Santa

Children crying in Santa’s Lap

The custom of individuals donning red attire to entice children has not been a recent development in our generation, but has been prevalent for thousands of years. The bible mentions a particular figure who wears red, similar to Santa Claus.

Why is Your apparel red,
And Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?
“I have trodden the wine trough alone,
And of the people, there was no one with Me.
I also trod them in My anger.
And trampled them in My wrath;
And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments,
And I stained all My clothes.
“For the day of vengeance [against ungodliness] was in My heart,
And My year of redemption [of those who put their trust in Me—the year of My redeemed] has come.

Isaiah 63:2-4

After a few years, when the child has grown up and no longer exhibits any sensitivity, they will begin to accept Santa as a kind and generous individual who presents them with gifts, similar to the Moabites approach towards Chemosh or Molech.

Furthermore, since this pagan custom has gained widespread acceptance worldwide as a festive custom, songs were composed to honor this enigmatic figure.  If one carefully examines the lyrics of the song “Santa Claus is coming to town,” sung by numerous artists, they will discover the evident correlation with the pagan gods Chemosh or Molech.

You better watch out
You better not cry

You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
He’s checking it twice
He’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good, for goodness’s sake

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
‘Cause Santa Claus is coming to town
Oh, let’s go

Now, he sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good, for goodness’s sake

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming
I mean the big fat man with the long white beard
He’s coming to town

Song Lyrics by Michael Bublé

As stated in the lyrics, Santa is a strange and evil figure who can tell when you are asleep and when you are awake. This, in fact, makes him the all-knowing, evil immortal and not just a person who deserves to be praised.

Moreover, based on the lyrics, it can be inferred that Santa can compile a list of items for both the good and the unfavourable children. Not only that, but he also gives gifts to the good kids and sends a lot of coal to the bad ones. The ancient moabites revered and expected the same thing from Molech and Chemosh.

Similarly, the coal he gives to bad kids is the same as the flames on the Molech metal statue. This makes Santa the modern molech and chemosh god who answers children’s prayers and petitions.

Additionally, Santa is known to travel in a magical chariot that resembles that of the pagan sun god, Mithra.

In conclusion, the Santa persona, whose origins lie in the Moabites ancient gods, molech and chemosh, has transformed into a god of wealth and is adored by both Christians and non-Christians alike.

Pagan god Mithra with her elves and reindeer

Today, more kids look up to Santa Claus than Christ the Messiah. Many children are misled into believing that gifts and prosperity come from Santa, which makes him a deity of prosperity, just as the pagans viewed their god, Molech. 

Children believe things that look good to them because they’re innocent. When a child is young, their minds are drawn to fancy things. 

Exposing a child to an evil illusion will have a negative impact on their future outlook. This is how the worship of Santa Claus and the decoration of Christmas trees has become a tradition in many homes. 

The biblical era was when this Santa Claus practice began, but it was hidden from us. In the past, it was called Molech, Mithra, and Chemosh. Now it’s called Santa Claus. 

In reality, we’ve been paying homage to the same deities as the ancient pagan people. The only difference is that, today, it was merely rebranded to a more appealing appearance and passed down from generation to generation.

This is entirely the fault of the modern-day church, which has played a part in winning souls for Satan through Pagan festive holidays. I will provide you with further information as we progress.

The Dark truth about Santa Claus and his Accomplice

In some cultures, Santa is often depicted as an elf. The Ancient Celts viewed elves as simply another kind of witch or wizard, and considered them to be teachers of the dark arts.

Let’s have a look at what some scholars have said about elves, starting with the 1828 Webster’s dictionary.

An Elf is a wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an imaginary being which our rude ancestors supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind. Hence, in Scottish, elf-shot is an elf-arrow; an arrow-head of flint, supposed to be shot by an elf; and it also signifies a disease supposed to be produced by the agency of spirits.

Websters Dictionary 1828

Helena Blavatsky, a Russian American mystic and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875, also said this about elves:

“Elves are “disembodied spirits”,
used in “magic and sorcery” and are
“the principal agents in séances.”

H.P. Blavatsky,
Isis Unveiled, Vol I, p. 262

Dr. Kurt E. Koch, a German Protestant theologian and writer, wrote this about Elves:

Elf – If a person wants their help,
he must apply to their chief, the devil
himself. The idea that these spirits
are demonic in origin is in accordance
with the Bible.

Dr. Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, p. 82, 83

According to American author, Cathy Burns, echoed a similar statement about Elves:

Elf: ‘A small, often mischievous creature
considered to have magical powers.’ Although
some of these creatures may appear cute on
the surface, all of them are nonetheless
demonic entities that have their origin
in the occult world.

Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult
   Symbols Illustrated, p. 77

In countries such as Holland, Austria, Germany, Italy, and some others in Europe, Santa Claus is known by his original name, Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas


In the 1500s, Sinterklaas was to referred to as a kind old man who gave gifts to children. He flew on a magical chariot and was usually accompanied by a helper called Krampus.  

Throughout Europe, there are variations of Sinterklaas. Some versions have Sinterklaas riding on a flying goat, while others have him riding on a horse. Regardless, he is always accompanied by dark helpers, referred to as the Krampus

Sinterklaas and his half man-half goat helper, Krampus

The Krampus is a half-goat, half-man demon that accompanies Sinterklaas every year to frighten naughty children and possibly take them to hell. 

Krampus, abducting naughty kids and taking them to hell

Years later, Sinterklaas was Christianized as the saint Nicholas, who was supposedly based on the saint of Myra in Turkey. If you have been good, Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas will bring you a present on his birthday, but if you have been bad, his Krampus would either abduct you or beat you with sticks. Saint Nicholas became the gift-giver, while Krampus was the one who caused pain.

Sinterklaas showing gifts

According to ancient folklore, Saint Nicholas is said to have captured Satan and referred to him by various names, such as Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, Beelzebub, or the Black Peter. 

Krampus, beating or abducting bad kids

Over time, some cultures stopped using the name Sinterklaas entirely and kept only Weihnachtsmann, which means Santa Claus in Germanic languages.

Weihnachtsmann aka Santa Claus

In some cultures, Santa Claus is also rumoured to be Satan himself, who is also the Krampus. 

I would recommend looking at some pictures and videos from various festivals in Europe, that celebrate Krampus, the Christmas Devil of Alpine Europe.


Sinterklaas and his demon, Krampus

Sinterklaas and Krampus

Sinterklaas and his demon

Sinterklaas and Krampus festival in Europe

Sinterklaas and his devils

Sinterklaas and Krampus

The devil called Krampus

Sinterklaas and Krampus

European festival celebrating Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and Krampus

These images and videos clearly illustrate the satanic origins of Santa Claus, who is Sinterklaas, and his goat-headed demons, who are called Krampus. 

In my previous article, I did explain how the goat-headed one represents Satan, the temporary god worshipped in both paganism and Satanism. 

He is known as Baphomet, the god of many of your celebrities and superstars. Occasionally, he is depicted with the horns of the goat or the reindeer. Krampus, who has his festival during Christmas, is identical to Baphomet. Baphomet, in turn, is identical to Satan.

Baphomet, also known as Satan, is the same as Krampus

Saint Nicholas (aka Old Nick)

Some Christians still believe that Saint Nicholas was a saint, but the second Vatican council convened in 1962 made a declaration that no Roman Catholic Bishop by the name of Nicholas ever existed. 

The Vatican demoted St. Nicholas, and Catholics are not obliged to honor him on his special day any more. Sadly, even after this revelation from the Catholic Church, the character of Saint Nicholas continues to be Christianized.

St. Nicholas, better known as Old Nick

The name Nicholas dates back thousands of years, to the time of Christ. According to the Book of Revelation, the Most High God despised the name “Nicholas” so badly that he revealed that Nicholas was a deity for a sect group called the Nicolaitanes. 

This verse from the Bible should clarify some things

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Revelation 2:15

A perfect explanation as why God hated the Nicolaitans

If you look into the meaning of the word ‘Nicolaitanes,’ you will understand that it means ‘followers of Nicholas.’ In Greek, Nicholas is known as Nikolaos. If we deconstruct it, we can see that Nikos is a Greek given name which means ‘Victory.’ Laos is the Greek word for ‘People.’ This would give you the translation that the Nicolaitanes were the people who won victory for Nicholas. 

The Nicolaitans were a sectarian group of people who existed thousands of years ago. They were known for eating things that had been offered to idols for fornication, and their main leader was Nicholas, who is known today as Santa Claus. This is most likely related to the origin of Saint Nicholas of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Nick is a common abbreviation of Nicholas, just as Nikos is an abbreviation for Nicholas in Greek. Since Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, his other name would be shortened to “nick”, which is related to “old nick” since Santa is old in appearance. 

Let’s look up the meaning of “Old Nick” in the Oxford English Dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary states that Nick is Satan himself.

Devil: Besides the name Satan,
he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer
and in popular or rustic speech by many
familiar terms such as Old Nick.

Oxford English Dictionary
      Vol III D-E

In addition, according to the Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, ‘Old Nick’ is another name for the Devil.

Definition of ’Old Nick’


informal, a jocular name for Satan

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Old Nick

According to the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Old nick is, again, another name for Satan:

Old Nick: “A well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, which means the devil

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, p.650

Gail Anne Riplinger, an American writer and speaker known for her advocacy of the King James Only movement, had this to say about Saint Nicholas:

(Saint Nick) or “Ole Nick” is listed among
the fallen angels or devils in the Dictionary
of Fallen Angels. December 25 is actually
“the feast in honor of the birth of the son
of the Babylonian queen of heaven, later called
Saturnaha by the heathen Romans.”

Gail Riplinger, New Age Versions, p. 52

We can now understand why the Most High God hated the false doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, since it was deeply rooted in the worship of Nicholas, also known as old Nick or Satan.

Santa and Satan are, despite their distinct names, essentially the same

As the name ‘old Nick’ bears a significant resemblance to Nicholas, and it was discovered that Nicholas was, in fact, a nickname for Santa Claus, it is evident that Santa Claus is in fact Satan.  Let us proceed further as I provide further revealing details.

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Robin Goodfellow and Santa Claus have something in common

Robin Goodfellow

A series of plays were enacted in the 1600s that featured a character called the “Robin good fellow”, who was half man and half goat demon. In the book ‘History of the Hobgoblin,’ the author, Wright Allen W, stated this: 

Robin (puck) itself was a medieval nickname for the devil. Robin’s trademark laugh is “Ho Ho Ho”

Wright, Allen W. “The History of a Hobgoblin.”

The author of the book Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men, Siefker, Phyllis, made a similar statement about Robin’s trademark laugh.

Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men

In these plays, the devil’s common
entry line, known as the “devil’s bluster,”
was “Ho! Ho! Ho!
(Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)

You may have noticed that the character puck shares one thing in common with Santa Claus; it is the trademark laugh ‘ho ho ho’ which is also associated with Satan. 

To strengthen my point, I would like to share with you a clip from the Disney miniseries released on Disney Plus called ‘The Santa Clauses.’ 

In it, it is indirectly revealed that Santa Claus is, in fact, Satan.   

My Conclusion

In conclusion, I want to let you know my opinion. I have examined every version of the Bible, and there is no mention of the celebration of Christmas as a way to honor the birth of Christ. I’m curious as to why the church included it into its church calendar. 

Furthermore, I understand that this may be a disappointment for some people who are passionate about Christmas, but on December 25th, you are not celebrating the birth of the Messiah. Even if you believe you are making a sincere attempt to celebrate him, you are clearly making a mockery of him because people commit all kinds of sins during the Christmas period than they do in a year.  

What’s even more disturbing is that Santa Claus is a more popular figure than Christ the Messiah people claim to celebrate. That’s why it is sometimes called ‘Xmas’ because many people don’t even know whether they’re celebrating Santa Claus or Jesus Christ.

Christmas has become a commercial feast of foolishness, where big corporate organizations are busy making money from the poor masses. What is saddening is that, these large corporations do not even believe in Jesus. During the Christmas period, gifts, and items can be expensive, and people often have to borrow money to pay for them. A year later, they find themselves in debt again.

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My biggest question to people who celebrate Christmas is: Where do you think the idea of putting a Christmas tree in your house came from, and how is it connected to Christ the Messiah?

In the book of Jeremiah, God condemned the adornment of the Christmas tree.

This is what the Lord says:

Do not learn the way of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the heavens,
although the nations are terrified by them,
for the customs of the peoples are worthless.
Someone cuts down a tree from the forest;
it is worked by the hands of a craftsman with a chisel.
He decorates it with silver and gold.
It is fastened with a hammer and nails,
so, it won’t totter.

Jeremiah 10:2-4

Ancient Pagan nations often celebrated holidays with the ornamentation of trees, a practice that is quite similar to what Christians do with the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree

Every passage from the Bible and every piece of information that I have shared with you has demonstrated that the character referred to as Santa Claus is a creation of Satan. This is the reason why Christmas is so popular, and it’s celebrated by everyone, even those who aren’t Christians. It’s, in general, a ruse to pay homage to Satan on the 25th of December.    

To sum up, what am I trying to say in this article? It’s to let you know that some of the pagan practices that flourished during the biblical period didn’t completely vanish. They were simply ingrained into our culture through the practice of Christianity, a religion that originated from Rome. The names for the days of the week and months came from pagan gods that the Romans worshipped. Moreover, the holiday celebrations that we observe, like Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Valentine’s Day, are rooted in the ancient pagan religions that began in Babylon and then spread to Rome, where they eventually re-integrated into our society. 

In conclusion, I would like to reaffirm that we live in a time when ancient pagan practices have been transformed into Christian beliefs by the Catholic Church, and it has subsequently become increasingly pleasing to the human eye and mind. The Bible declares that Satan is the god of this world. 

Once you understand this, you will be able to better understand the satanic world system we are currently living within. Sadly, Christians have become used to celebrating ancient pagan holidays as a normal part of their lives. May God’s help be with us all!


Richard I. Inegbedion

Richard Idemudia Inegbedion is an experienced Feature and Content Writer. He holds a B.A. in Media and Communication (Public relations) and an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy. He has an interest in topics like travel, information technology, family, relationship goals, education, politics, history, and the Word of God. On days when he is less busy, Richard spends most of his time researching biblical and historical facts. View all posts by Richard I. Inegbedion

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