Santa is the reason for the season, or at least he should be.
Santa is a better holiday hero, a more moral master of festive ceremonies, and a better keeper of "christ"mas
than Christ ever was.
In a battle of the bestiary, lets look at why Santa should be at the center of our every holiday story, and why its time to retire the bronze age head of Hanukkah (remember he WAS a Jew after all)
Here it is, Santa vs. divine Jesus in the battle of Christmas allegories. Who will teach the moral Christmas lessons to our children?
Lets find out;
Santa actually comes when He says He will.
Jesus is about 2000 years late.
Santa promises presents and family Love for when he arrives.
Jesus promises a zombie apocalypse upon his return
|I'll just hit snooze one more time, no one will notice...|
Santa says love your neighbor and be good, or you will get no presents
Jesus says love HIM above all or you will be tortured forever.
|WAIT! It's not like that! I just mean love me or I'll torture you forever....huh, I guess it IS like that.|
Santa loves even the poor, homeless and downtrodden. He even gives them jobs every year in malls around the world impersonating him.
Jesus says he loves everyone, but he doesn’t provide seasonal employment.
Santa eats and laughs “HO HO HO!”
Jesus bleeds and weeps
Sadly Santa has this weakness And he seems to write a lot about what he sees (who is naughty and nice) but at least he isn’t judging us for our sex lives or butting in (pardon the pun) to tell us how to do it right. In fact he is happily married with issues of his own.
Like Santa, there is nothing closeted about Jesus’ love for voyeurism. It doesn't help that he was a sexually confused virgin who hung out with prostitutes. (On the bright side, His father is MUCH worse)
|EVE! Don't cover them up, I was looking at those!|
EDGE- Even (as long as Jesus’ Dad stays out of it)
Santa loves his ladies for who they are, not how they look. In fact, Mrs Claus a big woman
with a lot of self esteem.
Jesus- As long as they stay quiet in church, he likes ‘em fine
Santa loves everyone, whether they love him back or not. He doesn’t extort love, and he provides for even those who don’t believe in him.
Jesus has a private club, for which the price of admission is obedience and the cost of exclusion is the threat of eternal pain.
On doing good deeds
Santa writes it all down on the good list if you actually DO good things
It is enough for Jesus if you just think about doing good things (prayer) instead of getting up off your knees and actually doing them.
|Look at those guys using their arms and legs like chumps!|
EDGE-Although Jesus’ way leaves more time for wrapping presents, I have to give the edge to Santa.
On his Moral Message
Santa says “be good” and he will reward you. This teaches children that being good, brings good back to them (they are expected to be able to tell right from wrong)
Jesus says “Being good is nice, but what REALLY matters, is loving ME, and obeying ME.” This teaches children blind obedience and doesn't allow for them to truly understand that morality is not just doing as you are told. It is doing what is RIGHT. PLUS, Jesus doesn't look kindly on disobedience, but can forgive immorality.
|"Don't worry about those guys, they'll be fine. LOVE ME!"|
EDGE-Santa, he wants us to be good to one another. Jesus just wants obedience.
On disobedient children
Santa says.....strangely nothing, but those kids aren't likely to get much more than coal.
Jesus says "kill em" and will be pretty offended if you don't. Ask the Pharaohs!
EDGE-ummmm, lets just give Jesus a pass for old times sake here.
Santa Loves ‘em
Jesus Hates ‘em.
EDGE- I would say even, because food tastes are so subjective, but Jesus REALLY hates figs, often going so far as to yell at them, and curse them. (Just ask the Westboro Baptist Church how much Jesus hates figs. They ARE saying “figs” aren't they?)
So I have to go with Santa, because of Jesus’ unhealthy obsession with this particular fruit.
9-0 (with one tie) in Santa's favour.
SANTA WINS IN A LANDSLIDE!!!
|Eat it Jesus!|
So if we really love our kids, lets teach our children about Santa instead of Jesus this year. He won’t threaten them if they decide not to believe one year, he won’t punish you for not loving him enough, he won’t diminish their ability to examine reality, he won’t lead them to judge his friends if they have ideas that differ from his own, but he WILL allow you to THINK about the needs of others instead of just doing what they are told.
So remember this Christmas (should we be calling it Clausmas from now on?) Jesus tells you to think about good things happening to others while you are loving him, Santa says “At least give them a call and wish them a Merry Christmas”
I have seen the morality play that is Christmas for 37 years now, and I can say that it is about time, that our seasons story matches the morality that we are trying to teach.
LONG LIVE SANTA AND........
A MERRY CLAUSMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!
(At least NOW you don’t have to worry about your lovely Christmas figs)
|Congratulations Santa...Now I am totally going to kill you and your fig sympathizing elves....|
Or do you???