posted on Dec, 20 2011 @ 08:50 AM
Different post, and one which we should address.
The history of Santa Claus comes from both mythology and actual historical evidence from what all can be found.
Santa Claus is also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, just to name a few names.
Santa started out as Odin, a Norse god. According to the belief, Odin on the winter solstice, would come down to earth, and walk all bound up and
then give people, who were determined to need such, assistance to get through the rest of winter, often ignoring those who did not measure up to
standards. That later on, around the 1840’s, in most of the Nordic countries, slowly was turned to an elf called Tomte, and was said to deliver,
presents for Christmas, often said to be a short man bearded man, dressed in grey clothing and a red hat.
But the more important lore comes from Eastern Europe, and is Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas, was a real live person, known as Saint Nicholas of
Myra. He lived as the Bishop of Myra, in Lycia, a province of Turkey. He was stated to give 3 daughters of a poor person a dowry so they could be
married, and not turn to a life of prostitution, this happening in the middle of the night when they were asleep. He was later known to give gifts to
the poor, by tossing small sacks of money through the windows during the middle of the night, while they slept.
He was portrayed in a Christmas Carol, as the ghost of Christmas present and in the story/poem, “The night before Christmas.” That gave us the
more modern view of who and what Santa Claus looked like, and then the famous reply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
The real shame of the entire season, is as so many have pointed out, it is too comercial, too many want the high end electronics, where at one time,
it represented more, that of good will and cheer. There are tales of where wars halted in honor of the season, where opposing soldiers on both sides
of the fight, stopped and gave the other side things that they did not have, just for even a day.
While it may not seem significant, or even some would demonize the legend, and that too is a shame, they miss the entire point of the season, where it
is a time of the year, one time, in a weary world, where we can give each other some hope, and perhaps, follow through on the belief, peace on earth
and good will towards all.
For myself, I believe that Santa is a spirit, and one who inspires, even for a short time, the best in all mankind, where for just once, while
children are focused on the gifts, the adults, the people who continue to shape the world, will take that spirit into themselves and try to do
something good for their fellow man, rather than be selfish. It would be a shame if this was suddenly destroyed, or removed from the world, as so
much has been already removed or destroyed.