Am I the only one scared of Santa Claus?

Am I the only one scared of Santa Claus?

🎶”He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been good or naughty so be good for Goodness sakes”🎶

These are the lyrics of the chorus from a popular Christmas song about the fat guy named Santa Claus. The first time I heard these lyrics, I was perplexed and I asked myself, Who is this creepy guy that is always watching over students and why do parents not find it weird that some old fat dude that lives in the North Pole is watching their kids while they sleep.

 

Some may even argue that Santa Claus is a pedophile, at least he could be. His only minions & companions are small boy-like elves that wear funny hats and his favorite pasttime is making a list of kids who have been naughty of nice. And when he gets kids, he places them on his lap. I think Santa should be on his own Naughty list too.

Now let’s get a bit factual. The origin of Santa Claus is one stroded by several myths & legends about paganism and idol worship. Since childhood we have been led to believe that Santa Claus is a nice, jolly man who visits our homes every Christmas. But what should we have to do with a man who supposedly flies horned beasts through the air at night?Is it about sorcery? He wears a wizard’s cap. The red costume is recent, but it’s the ancient color of fire. It’s the universal color for DANGER! The costume is trimmed in sheepskins. He descends into a fire pit by way of the chimney at midnight — the hearth is directly linked to the idolatry of the Romans. The fire was sacred to them, and its place was the center of the Pagan worship of their deities.

And about Christmas trees? Tree worship comes directly from Babylon! At the death of Nimrod, his wife Semirami taught the young to go into the groves (forests) and place a gift on a tree at the winter solstice. This was an offering to their father, Nimrod, who was now worshipped as the sun. The custom of tying a “yellow ribbon” around an oak tree represents a prayer to the sun.

There are also legends that connect Santa Claus to an holy man named Saint Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married.

However, on due analysis of the way Christmas is being celebrated these days, we notice that there is a stronger connection between the first myth of pagan worship than to the legend of St. Nicolas.

 

Nonetheless, Christmas is still an amazing holiday, atleast most of us didn’t have to go to work today and we are thankful for that, but we would oblige Christians who celebrate this holiday to try to filter out all these weird cultures and focus on the core of Christmas, which celebrating the birth of sweet baby Jesus. Merry Christmas to you!

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