"[I]n some parts of old Europe, it was [the Goddess] Holda--not Santa--who brought gifts to children and determined who was 'naughty or nice.' I also encountered lore depicting her as dressed in red and going down chimneys to bring gifts to children. An old Germanic tradition included leaving an offering of food and milk for Holda on December 24, known as Mother Night."MORE>>>>>
Also, a happy Winter Solstice to all!