Now, of course, I don’t have children, but I am fairly uncomfortable that when I do, I am going to have to teach them a great big myth about Santa in the North Pole or Lapland or wherever he is supposed to live making presents for them and bringing them on an airborne vehicle all around the world every year. It’s pure nonsense.
Not only that, but this figure - and yes, I understand he is based upon St Nicholas - is usurping Christmas from what it should be about, which is the joyous celebration of the feast of the Nativity. Now what has happened is that Advent Calendars are just a means by which kids can anticipate what Nintendo games they will get when ‘Santa bring them’ to our houses. Sorry to be a killjoy but secularized Christmas has meant that ever more elaborate and expensive gifts are being used to satisfy this commercial attitude towards one of the greatest feasts of the Christian calendar.
Is there any way to keep your children in ignorance of this absurdity? Is there any way to get them to not play computer games and actually realize what the real important stuff is? Is there any way to make Christmas about Jesus, and not about Santa, Nintendo, Mariah Carey, and all the other slurry we are bombarded with?