“That’s the first lie you tell your children.” Instead, “tell kids that Santa’s a character we made up to celebrate a time of the season.” Otherwise “when kids get to be 5 …
they realize their parents have been lying to them their whole life.” Earlier in the year the Arts The promo for this program read: “People all over the world celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th.
The trappings associated with Santa Claus-his fur-trimmed wardrobe, sleigh and reindeer-reveal his origin from the cold climates of the far North.
Some sources trace him to the ancient Northern European gods Woden and Thor, from which the days of the week Wednesday (Woden’s day) and Thursday (Thor’s day) get their designations (Earl and Alice Count, pp. Others trace him even farther back in time to the Roman god Saturn and the Greek god Silenus (William Walsh, pp. Most Bible scholars who have written on the subject of Jesus’ birth conclude that, based on evidence in the Bible itself, there is no possible way Christ could have been born anywhere near Dec. Again we turn to Alexander Hislop: “There is not a word in the Scriptures about the precise day of [Jesus’] birth, or the time of the year when He was born.
Although at first the early Catholic Church censured this celebration, “the festival was far too strongly entrenched in popular favor to be abolished, and the Church finally granted the necessary recognition, believing that if Christmas could not be suppressed, it should be preserved in honor of the Christian God. Some resisted such spiritually poisonous compromises. “Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition.