Santa God Is Coming to Town!

It has been 22 years that I have been on this earth, and every year I feel more and more at odds with the Christmas holiday. It’s not an aversion to Christianity / Jesus / religion, but it is the way Christmas is shifting in focus from a religious and cultural holiday to a materialistic festival.

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I know that this is an over-generalization which is why I decided to attend a Christmas church service last night to remember what the season is supposed to be about. A couple of friends and I ended up going to not one but two Church services – one at a non-denominational church and the other at an Episcopalian church (AKA quasi Catholic). I must say that it was personally significant to celebrate Christmas Eve this way, as opposed to feasting and waiting around until midnight or the following morning to frantically open gifts, because the focus was actually on the birth of Christ, accepting him into our hearts, and following his light.

The service reminded me of a class I had in high school. I attended a Catholic school for seven years, and during my sophomore year one of my favorite classes was Religion with Mr. Loman. During the Christmas season, he came into class one day and asked us to define God.

I can’t remember any of mine or my classmate’s responses or even if there were any, but I do remember Mr. Loman then passing out a sheet of paper with the words “Santa God” written across the top. He explained that most people have a child’s perception of God; one who rewards or punishes depending on your deeds. This idea was compared to the image of Santa Claus in a very simple way: the word Claus was replaced with God in the traditional song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

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I have oftentimes questioned how many people have forgotten what this holiday season represents. How many people’s perception of God grew and matured with them or do they still believe in the Santa God?

This blog entry is not meant to argue any point, but today is a day to reflect. I thought this would be a relevant topic being that it is Christmas.

How do you define God? Do you believe in the Santa God? 

Santa God

(adaptation of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie)

Better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
SANTA GOD is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
SANTA GOD is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
SANTA GOD is coming to town
SANTA GOD is coming to town

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Merry Christmas!

 

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