Amanita Christmas - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer !

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So why do Fly agarics appear on Christmas Cards and New Year Cards? Why do Amanitas function as Christmas Tree decorations ? Why does Santa Claus Wear a Red & White suit ?

Its popular belief that the Christmas Tradition is not based on last minute shopping sprees to crowded department stores in the cold weather, but on the Fly Agaric Mushroom, Amanita muscaria.

Here are the Facts and Myths:

Traditionally Fly Agarics/Amanitas are collected in sacks, which can be related to Santa's sack of gifts. The Santa Claus tradition of hanging stockings over the fireplace is based centrally upon the fly agaric mushroom itself, and that mushrooms in stockings were hung over the fire place to dry prior to consuming. Santa's traditional red & white suit is related to the Amanitas color scheme. The famous Christmas carol song about flying reindeer with red-noses are also due to the red Fly Agarics hanging from the reindeers mouths whilst eating - and lets not forget their prancing around in an intoxicating manner afterwards. I guess if there were songs about Santa's magical urine then the connection would be easier to believe.

The North Star was considered sacred, since all other stars in the sky rotate around this fixed point in the sky. This point was believed to be the top of the “world tree” and is the reason that it is customary to top Christmas Trees with
stars today, and is the reason that Santa lives in the North Pole (directly under the north star). When shamans ate the hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria, they were said to “elevate” or “fly” to the top of the metaphoric World Tree to the North Star.

Its been told that an ancient shaman threw a sack of Fly Agaric mushrooms through the smoke hole in a yurt (Siberian hut pictured below) as a gift and surprise to his family members inside. Hence, Santa Claus entering the home with his sack of gifts - through the chimney.

 

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Here are some interesting Christmas decorations relating to the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom:

 

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