Same reason I guess some of us read fiction. I seldom do, except short articles, although I don’t mind fiction TV and movies.
I really hate the whole Santa thing. Santa is a corruption of the Real St. Nick. The idea of Santa, is turning one of our saints into a false god who is a wizard. We are teaching kids that magic is good, and that Santa watches over them like a god. We’re basically causing kids to break the first commandment, think the occult is fun, and to value earthly treasure.
Exactly. Santa, though, unlike God, bears grudges for up to an entire year without regard to mercy (is Santa merciful or is he “just”) and keeps score of wrongs. We know from 1 Cor that love does not keep score of transgressions.
And you are right; only a fairy tale Santa can get all this done in one night without breaking enough laws of physics the earth wouldn’t likely outlive a single Christmas celebration. You know what happened last time they “broke” the law of physics by pulling stunts much more conventional than Santa does? The atomic bomb.
“Santa is watching. So be good, or you wont get presents.” Does anyone not see the flaw in this? How about being good because God wants us to? Also why are we bribing kids with earthly treasure? I’m not against gift giving. Just the fact that it is the focus. (and done by a wizard version of a Saint. Shouldn’t we be offended by that? )
We bribe kids with earthly treasure and coal as punishment, to foreshadow what we tell them about God. We tell them that God is All About sending us to hell if we do these very bad things that they are not smart enough to even know for sure if we’ve done them. If we snap in line and be good little boys and girls, we’ll go to heaven. That’s behavior modification. Jesus came to bring us into His kingdom by adopting His way of life and (be)attitudes. Born of the Spirit and all. Nothing to do with some cheap behavior contest to see if Joey gets a wagon and I don’t, then why was Santa nicer to him?
A virgin birth isn’t as impressive to a kid (1 because they don’t really know what that means, and 2 because they might not understand the idea that Jesus is God, let alone know who God is) We should devote all this energy towards teaching kids about Jesus correctly, and making it exciting instead of this nonsense.
Actually you have a point and you know what? I think we make too big a deal about the virgin birth, to kids, at too young an age anyway. If we just show them the Jesus Who loves them by loving them our very best, and by teaching them what Jesus wants us to know and showing them how to be loving and merciful, we have plenty to talk about. Frankly I don’t know if the apostles and early popes were even aware of the virgin birth; after all the gospels were not written until long after the fact. I certainly don’t remember Jesus ever bringing it up in conversation. Honestly I think it’d odd, if we are “friends” of Jesus, to dwell on where he came from – maybe that’s my diversity training coming through, though.
Another problem with this, is that kids are taught this fake version of St. Nick. How many kids know the true story of him? Not many adults do either. Santa is an insult to him! If I became a saint, I would be offended if people turned me into a necromancer that lives in a volcano, and celebrated this instead of Ash Wednesday.
If I became a saint, I would be concerned in general that people focus too much on me and not God. John Paul II wanted his personal papers burned but nooo. We can’t honor him that wish because legally dead people have no privacy and we need them to determine if JPII was naughty or nice enough to be a saint. JPII should have burned them while he was still alive and had control of them. I guess he decided to trust others – or maybe secretly he didn’t want them destroyed? Hmmmm…
Rich Mullins, the Christian singer/songwriter who wrote Awesome God, said it bothered him that people knew the words to his songs but not the words of the Bible.
I think we should ditch the whole Santa thing,(and Easter Bunny) and make Christmas about The birth of God
I just don’t see what’s acceptable about this.
I accept it because I cannot change it. That’s why it’s acceptable to me. I have to make the decision about my own kids, and about to what degree I’ll let others “have their fun” without trying to stop them. I teach my kids everything – both my own points of view on things and my opponents’ points of view, so they may understand not only that there are different ways of looking at things, why I make the decisions I do. That is my way of helping them make their own decisions about how to handle tricky situations once they are out on their own.