Oh? But what about the midwinter Yule and Odin's Wild Hunt across the sky? The Tooth Fairy has her beginnings with the Norse, as well.<quoted text>
Not really a good comparison, as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy were never thought to be the creators of the universe.
And the Easter Bunny... The spring renewal.
Ashtoreth? Estre? Astarte? Ishtar?
And let's not forget Samhain and All Hallow's Eve...
As much as you try to distance yourselves from magical witch doctoring, mystical shamans and superstitious folklore, you are no closer to being level headed sophisticates than a Borneo tribesman.