Santa’s Family Tree

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 23rd, 2011

Above, Santa Claus in the wooded forest with holly, German postcard, circa 1900.

Santa as the Green Man. Or is it the Green Man as Santa? Ah, the mystery of the Green Hand revealed?

Santa Claus Family Tree

Click on the image above, and then click on that jpg to make it even bigger and easier to read.

The ultimate in Wildpeople/Woodwoses genealogy was charted for your consideration last year.

In the end of 2008 issue of Fortean Times, Wildman chronicler and artist Jeffrey Vallance created a unique, intriguing, entertaining graphic, “Santa Claus Family Tree.”

I asked Jeffrey if he would allow me to share his intriguing chart online with the readers of Cryptomundo, and he did. I publish it again.

Wildpeople, forever, I say!

Happy Yule Yetis.


Thank you!

The International Cryptozoology Museum is located at the back of The Green Hand Bookshop, both located at 661 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “Santa’s Family Tree”

  1. HulkSmashNow responds:

    Tracy Twyman claimed Santa was based on Saturn, the Roman deity closely identified with the Greek Titan Kronos (Cronus). Fearful of a prophecy that his children would overthrow him, Cronus swallowed two sons and three daughters as soon as his wife and sister Rhea gave birth to them.

    Twyman said on “Binnall of America’s” BOA Audio, that the reason people left cookies and milk for Santa came from the ancient belief that Saturn had to be satiated so he would not eat folks’ children during Saturnalia.

    Not any crazier than what I read here or heard before. Why can’t we just let the man do his job and deliver toys to the world’s children? 😛

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    This reminded me of the famous Albert Ostman abduction story, and how the male Bigfoot carried poor Albert all the way to his lair like a sack of potatoes… or should I say, like a sack of toys?

    And how wonderful that this drawing was made by… Christian Le Noel!! I always prefer my Cryptozoology turkey with a good portion of Twilight Language dressing 😉

    To all my Cryptomundian comrades: Feliz Navidad!!

  3. DWA responds:

    Same to you, red_pill!

    I’d consider it in the spirit of the season to have a 100-post debate on that tree. I see some serious flaws…

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