Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa Clause

Ms. "V", Granddaughter, Santa (nice man) and Tonya

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Saint Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara.  At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. 
Saint Nicholas
Americans have chosen a jolly old fictitious man dressed in a red and white suit to represent Saint Nicholas or Santa Clause.  The world has adopted this man to represent hope, love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, and faith, not realizing that the hope that they search for is in the Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.
Parents have told their children falsehoods about this man who supposedly comes down the chimney (then more lies to cover up the fact that there is no chimney in their house or apartment) bearing gifts.  We shouldn’t lie, especially to our children.  This myth has caused us to mound one lie on top of another and then another.  Children should know the truth about Santa Clause (he was a good man), ‘The Tooth Fairy’, ‘The Easter Bunny’, ‘Monsters’ in the closet and under the bed; they don’t exist, period.

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