Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 20, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

PHYLLIS SIEFKER, SANTA CLAUS, (LAST OF THE WILD MEN) — Our Santa is one of the last... of a long line of dark, sooty, hair-covered men, the remnant of a pre-Christian god of awesome power. Our pipe-smoking "jolly old elf" is only one offshoot... . ... Santa and Satan... have the same origin.

Full quote

Our Santa is one of the last descendants of a long line of dark, sooty, hair-covered men, the remnant of a pre-Christian god of awesome power. Our pipe-smoking "jolly old elf" is only one offshoot of this old, old god. .... The fact is that Santa and Satan are alter egos, brothers; they have the same origin.

Clues and answers

A.Attire for going out in?PAJAMAS
B.Impression of a reindeerHOOFPRINT
C.Chocolate drink name since 1928 (hyph.)YOOHOO
D.Region where the Sami herd and fishLAPLAND
E.Maker of raincoats and parkas (2 wds.)LONDONFOG
F.19th-century writer with the pen name KnickerbockerIRVING
G.Do some winter hikingSNOWSHOE
H.Unsportsmanlike loserSOREHEAD
I.Role-playing fraudIMPOSTOR
J.Actor in a 2003 seasonal comedy starring Will Ferrell (2 wds.)EDASNER
K.Decorate with wreaths or ribbonsFESTOON
L.Penurious spectator's viewing postKNOTHOLE
M.Locations for gutters, lights or gargoylesEAVES
N."Fa la la la la, la la la la," for exampleREFRAIN
O.Makeup of some lightweight ornamentsSTYROFOAM
P.Very nice, not at all naughtyANGELIC
Q.Kind of spruce native to EuropeNORWAY
R.Middle of a Skor bar or Heath barTOFFEE
S.Ebenezer Scrooge, to someANTIHERO
T.Phenomenon depicted by Giotto in his "Adoration of the Magi"COMET
U.Scandinavian holiday entreeLUTEFISK
V.British term for a German shepherdALSATIAN
W.In a wild, natural stateUNTAMED
X.Means of transportation of the present day?SLEIGH
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