Commercialized Christmas

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
You are a letter and a plant.
Why am I singing 'bout a tree
Instead of him who died for me?

Christmas is not Christ's birthday. Jesus was born not in December but during Roman tax season, at a part of the year when sheep were outdoors at night. The celebration of Catholic Christmas was originally based on a superstitious conjecture that Jesus died on the anniversary of his conception.[1] By CE 354, Catholic Christmas began to incorporate customs of holidays from other faiths, such as Saturnalia, Natalis Invicti, and Yule, in order to help convert people of other faiths. Jeremiah 10:1-5 confirms that what we might recognize as Christmas trees were around before Christ.

Over the twentieth century, the consumerism associated with the holiday has made it even more stressful than birthdays. Shopping for gifts leads to theft, assault, and other crimes.[2] Even if Christmas were Christ's birthday, it isn't recorded that Jesus celebrated anyone else's birthday or asked anyone else to celebrate his. So why go to the trouble?

Ghosts don exits, but that's not what Satan would have you think. When a person dies, his spirit goes out in the same way a candle flame goes out, and his thoughts die with him (Psalm 146:4). It is unclean and detestable to pretend to consult the dead (Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:19).

Even demons believe in Jesus, and some may try to confuse people by claiming to be spirits of dead people. In the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, four "ghosts" visit a notoriously stingy banker named Ebenezer Scrooge and talk him into celebrating Christmas. They also convince him to become a model of generosity. But the Devil is known to clothe lies in truth and evil in good to penetrate man's defenses. One of Jehovah's Witnesses told me Scrooge's contribution to the celebration of reformed Natalis Invicti outweighed his new-found kindness because the end does not justify the means.

Santa Claus

So your child is starting to learn the scientific impossibility of certain myths associated with commercialized Christmas. For example, your child may have figured out that toys are made in China. If you really want to encourage your child to believe in Santa Claus, or you just don't want to get arrested for telling kids Santa isn't real,[2] here are halfway plausible answers to their questions:

The first Santa Claus was Nicholas of Myra, a bishop in Greek Turkey. He died in CE 343, and another man replaced him as Santa Claus. The office passes from man to man not unlike the office of Pope of the Catholic Church. Because few outsiders see Santa, portraits in popular culture are based only on a few Santas. Most Santas were drawn tall and thin like Nicholas of Myra until 1863, when political cartoonist Thomas Nast caught a glimpse of a different overweight Santa. Coca-Cola took Nast's depiction and ran with it, becoming a major sponsor of Santa's Workshop. Thus, Commercialized Christmas took form, and by 1989 the "Santa Clausmas" meme had grown until it was as if Santa had died for your sins. In 1994, Tim Allen became Santa Claus.

Commercialized Christmas has brought changes to Santa's Workshop since a lot of the classic stories were written. The elves don't make the toys anymore; they've outsourced that to companies in China such as Foxconn, as it says on the bottom of the box. Santa's Workshop is mostly a distribution outfit nowadays, and it's known to have U.S. operations near Evansville, Indiana, Fairbanks, Alaska, and a ghost town in Arizona, Canadian operations in a "a very small, rural village" near Montreal, and operations in Finland near Rovaniemi, Lapland.

A local representative of Santa's Workshop works in each shopping mall, and these mall Santas actually deliver the presents. One mall Santa in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was seen driving an Isuzu. Retail establishments that partner with Santa's Workshop spy on children through the security cameras in the stores.[3]

References

  1. http://www.jesuspolice.com/common_error.php?id=2
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Cheese. "The 5 Most Baffling Christmas-Related Crimes Ever". Cracked, 2012-12-13. Accessed 2012-12-14.
  3. "Ah, Parents, Part 2". Not Always Right, July 2012. Accessed 2012-08-02.