Mr Claus, I Presume?

(KJV) Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (NIV) Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

According to these ancient texts, Satan and his angels were cast out to Earth. But where? The tropics? The Bronx? China? No. This was punishment. They were exiled to the isolated frozen tundra of the North Pole.

Upon their arrival on Earth, God transformed the angels; they lost their powers, their wings, and their physical bodies were reduced in size. Satan held on to his power as best he could, but could not prevent his transformation. No longer the dragon nor the serpent. He was human. His power diminished.

The years passed, Satan gathered his strength and his angels built their fortress. He could sense all of the humans of the world, see into their minds, and manipulate their dreams. He knew when they were sleeping and when they were awake. He knew if they were bad or good. And he needed them to be bad. He needed them to turn away from God and to worship him. Satan's strength increased with each follower.

Satan focused his efforts on the children. They were easier to deceive and saw the world in simpler terms — good, evil, black, white — no shades of grey. To gain their trust he would grant their wishes. Whatever they wanted, he would provide. He would become the Saint of Giving — at least in their minds. As the children dreamt of sugar-plums, he would poke around in their dreams and insert images of himself, dressed in red and black, giving presents to the good children and coal to the bad.

The children would tells stories of him that would spread over time and as they grew into adulthood they would tell those stories to their children. Satan never have to grant any wishes, nor give any presents. Parents would give gifts in his name, well, in the name of the Saint, in a name so similar to his own — Santa. All he had to do was provide the idea, the humans would do the rest.

The children now looked to the Saint as the giving god and ignored the Christ. Satan deceived the whole world. He looked over his empire and laughed, "Ho, Ho, Ho!"