The answer, which I found on The Crescat's blog, is to your left.
Now it all makes sense! How could I have missed it all these years? Santa is an anagram for SATAN! It even explains the red suit! (Saint Nicholas was not a martyr.)
Who else, I ask rhetorically, would have so much interest in distracting our attention from the event that spelled his downfall? Who else would want us to convert a religious celebration into a materialist orgy of spending and spending and spending ourselves into hock for the next year? Who else would drive us to recover pre-Christian pagan elements into innocent figures such as "Santa's Elves"? In fact, who else would drive Hollywood to make crapburger movie after crapburger movie that water down the religious element to the merest taste, even to the extent of mocking Jesus? It's all a plot from Hell, I tell you!
Calm down, folks, calm down. I'm just playing. Well, not the "plot from Hell" bit; I really mean that. But I just got a big kick out of this picture. And it takes me back to one of my favorite Monty Python skits. Take it away, Eric the Orchestra Leader! "A shroe! a shroe! Ym dingkom for a shroe!"