Santa God

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 Christianity or Jesus, but it is the way Christmas is conventionally celebrated. I think it is evident that the holiday has become less about religion and more about materialistic values.
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 friends and I ended up going to two services; one at a non-denominational church and the other at an Episcopalian church (very Catholic). I must say that it was personally significant to celebrate Christmas Eve this way because the focus was actually on the birth of Christ, accepting him into our hearts, and following his light.
As I was sitting there in Church, I looked around and wondered what all of these people really believed. I wish I could have stopped time to ask everyone individually the following questions: who/what is god and what is the importance of
Jesus?
I attended a Catholic school for seven years (4th -10th grade). During my sophomore year in high school, one of my favorite classes was Religion with Mr. Loman. During the Christmas season, he came into class and asked us to define God. I can’t remember any of my classmate’s responses or even if there were any, but I do remember Mr. Loman subsequently 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 Clause was replaced with God in the traditional song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

I have often times questioned how many people have forgotten what this holiday season represents? How many people’s perception of God grew 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.
Do you believe in the Santa God?
Santa God
(adaptation of “Santa Clause 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
Merry Christmas!!

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