I have been investigating the science of Christmas for more than a decade. When I first began to take an interest in the subject, I was unprepared for the breadth and depth of the insights that would eventually emerge. Take those flying reindeer, Santa's red and white color scheme, and his jolly disposition, for example. They are all probably linked to the use of a hallucinogenic toadstool in ancient rituals.
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Source Notes: The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey (chapter 1, "Christmas and the Scientist: An Introduction") (1988).
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