Santa = Odin

You’d think the sleigh and the punishing people would give it away.

http://infolocata.com/mirovia/irrefutable-proof-that-santa-is-odin/

Why show him aged?

Well, there are plenty of stories about fear turning people’s hair white.
Odin returned from the dead with hidden wisdom, missing an eye.
His hair is a symbol of the knowledge from suffering.

He was the male form of the Crone archetype.

http://mythologian.net/odin-wotanwoden-god-war-death-wisdom-poetry-norse-mythology/

alternate name, The Allfather. Which fits Santa better.

Quick post but we really should establish this fact.
If only to piss off the re-writers of history.