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The Lie that is Christmas

02 December 2011, 15:40

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 party.

Do you spot the contradictions in the above description? Let’s explore them.

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 purple dinosaur?

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. 

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