Ah Christmas. That time of year when everyone speaks of the
Christmas “spirit” and how it is the time for giving gifts and spending time
with family. A time when people wake up to presents under the Christmas tree
and joyous screams at getting that present that you were looking for from Father
Christmas. Then the family goes to church for the Christmas service to remind themselves
of the birth of baby Jesus and how the shepherds and the three wise men
gathered together around Mary and Joseph in the stable to marvel at the baby.
Then off home to eat and be merry, with food being dished on many a plate to
ensure that everyone goes home stuffed and happy.
Then from there it’s time to look forward to the New Year
Do you spot the contradictions in the above description? Let’s
Gift giving should not be reserved just for the end of the
year. It is said that we give gifts during this time because we were giving the
biggest gift of all, that is, the birth of Jesus the Christ. But where did Santa
come from then? Why does he exist as the gift giver in the same breath as saying
we get everything from God?
The continual use of Santa as an instrument to tell children
where presents come from or to try to get them to behave so Santa can give them
presents is a sad commentary on our societies. How do we continually lie to
children about a non-existent man who lives in the north pole and who keeps a
list of boys and girls who are naughty or nice? If we want to give things to
our children, why not tell them the truth?
Speaking of truth, that should include the tooth fairy, the
Easter bunny, chubby children angels, cupid, fairy godmothers and will someone please get rid of barney the
Then there is the nativity scene that is portrayed the world
over in churches about the night of Jesus’ birth. If you read your Bible
correctly, the only visitors to the stable were the shepherds, but we see the
three wise men with them as well. The only time that the wise men see Jesus is
when it is just Him and his mother Mary back in their home, with Joseph nowhere
in sight, not on the night of His birth. Otherwise why would Herod order the death of
boys 2 years and younger?
And who said there were three wise men? Just because there
were three gifts does not automatically mean there were only three people,
alone on camels. And if they were wise men, then they would be travelling with
a large enough entourage that the king would notice them. If you arrived on a
camel in a busy city, you would barely be noticed. But groups of people with
money are quickly noticed by big people in the city limits.
So again I ask, what is the point of lying to children
everywhere? And what stops them from thinking that it is okay to lie, just a
little bit, to get themselves out of trouble? That what the adults do with
these non-existent people.