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Santa Claus, birth of Savior absolutely incompatible



Christmas is almost here and once again the myth of Santa Claus is being promoted and pushed on impressionable little children everywhere. But it is interesting that these same people who promote Santa Claus to children do not feel responsible for the letdown and depression and feelings of being deceived in the hearts and minds of those same children, when they later find out that Santa Claus is not real after all.

My parents were not Christians and so they instilled in me the belief in Santa Claus at an early age. I don’t put blame on them for doing this because they were only doing what was natural for parents who received no meaning from the Biblical birth of the Christ child. But sadly, Christmas time for me and my brother and sister became a selfish time of getting and taking gifts and presents from Santa Claus, rather than a time of giving and sacrificing ourselves for the welfare and benefit of others less fortunate than ourselves in the same spirit that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to be born in Bethlehem on the way to the cross for the salvation of the world.

The modern myth of Santa Claus and the birth of the Savior in the manger are absolutely incompatible, because the one (myth) person promotes self-indulgence, selfishness and envy, while the other person promotes compassion, giving and sharing. Also, if you support and promote the one, then you don’t believe in the other, in spite of whatever “lip service” you may give to it.

Jim Holsinger

Grangeville



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