Blog Template Theology of the Body: Santa Claus

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Santa Claus

The original "Santa Claus" and "Father Christmas" was St. Nicholas, a Turkish bishop of the third century who was present at Nicea and who loved the poor; his characteristic gesture was the anonymous provision of the all-important dowry for three impoverished young women, which enabled their subsequent marriages. Hooray for presents and family! Now everyone stop complaining about Santa Claus and use his image as a vehicle for instruction, especially for kiddos this Christmas. (Thanks to Rev. Grubbs for the friendly reminder about dear St. Nick.)