Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
May Joy and Peace Spread Around the Globe
For some interesting research on the Santa Claus fables, read Santa Claus: Pretender to the Throne. This article was found on one of those "the end of the world is coming" Christan blogs where the author writes: "Santa falls under paganism and demonology, and is the poster boy for consumerism, and the madness that manifests itself in Black Friday. Time to end Santa's attachment to the remembrance of the birth of the Savior. Fascinating to read here the links of santa to Thor (the Norwegian Apollo), gnomes (demons) and even Satan." Santa is Satan's minion? The author prefers worshiping a Lord on a Throne.
Frankly, for me, I'm quite pleased that most people in America favor the interesting and uplifting examples of generosity, helpfulness, love of children, family togetherness, magic, joy, good food, luxuries, and beauty associated with the Yuletide myths, stories, and games. I figure that even Jesus would volunteer to help Santa Claus, decorate some trees, feed the hungry, and turn water into eggnog for the celebrations.