Maybe Santa only thought his reindeer were «flying» while he was tripping on mushrooms. The modern-day story of Santa derives from a Siberian shaman who gave out ‘shrooms, according to one theory.
Tree ornaments shaped like Amanitamushrooms and other depictions of the fungi are also prevalent in Christmas decorations throughout the world, particularly in Scandinavia and northern Europe, Pfister pointed out. That said, Pfister made it clear that the connection between modern-day Christmas and the ancestral practice of eating mushrooms is a coincidence, and he doesn’t know about any direct link. [5 Surprising Facts About Christmas]
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