The first Christmas gift

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Santa Fact and Fiction

A Christmas re-post.

It is unfortunate that many disassociate Santa Claus with Jesus at Christmas time. He is regarded by many as an acceptable secular symbol of festivity. The origins of Santa are widely debated. Time and folklore has enhanced the Santa “myth” to an extent that much of what is presently attributed to Santa has little to do with history.

Resurgence have posted a good summary of the historical background of Saint Nicholas, the likely start point of the modern concept of Santa. While he may have owned reindeer and been generous with gifts at the end of the year, he probably shares little else with our present day Shopping Centre icon. The original Nicholas, Bishop of Myra was one of the defenders of the faith. He likely attended the Council of Nicaea which ratified and confirmed what is still held as orthodox belief about Jesus today – namely that he is very God of very God, begotten not born – our Lord and Saviour.

Hail to Saint Nicholas – a servant of Jesus!