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Displacing Santa from the Top

Posted on: December 24, 2013

nicholas&santaOne Christmas, my mother bought a plastic Santa to put on the top of the tree. I didn’t think much of it. When my Dad saw it, he quietly insisted that it come down. After all, he was the Sunday School Superintendent. Mother replaced Santa with a Christmas star. That incident had a profound effect on me. As greedy as I was as a youngster, I got the point that we celebrate Jesus’ birth, not the coming of Santa Claus.

Later, one of my sisters became a Jehovah’s Witness. Wow, was that a shocker for a conservative Lutheran family! That group does not celebrate much of anything, so her family stopped coming for Christmas. My mother bought my sister a little book, “Why I Believe in Santa Claus.” It was a lot like the famous newspaper column “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.”

I feel now that we have much better symbols of Christmas and giving than Santa, who has been completely taken over by commercial interests to sell us more stuff. We have Jesus giving himself to us and the Three Magi giving gifts to Jesus. We have St. Nicholas, who gave gifts to the needy. Let’s not confuse our children with Santa. Let’s tell the real stories of our faith.

Free Christmas/Epiphany Resources

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth is a compilation of the six earlier Alternate Celebrations Catalogs. CHRISTMAS | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason) | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Carols with Justice sing-along | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)| Submissions | Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud | Christmas/Epiphany Articles Index | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas/Epiphany | Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany | Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

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GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Christmas#3A-bonus#1: Nicholas & Santa

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