Letter to the Editor

No, Virginia there is no Santa Claus

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dear Editor:

I am responding to "Yes, Virginia there Is A Santa Claus"

article appearing in a paid advertisement that ran in the 24 December edition of the Nevada News. I truly do not wish to burst bubbles; but truth is truth. Virginia was told a lie. A bit older she would have learned there is no Santa Claus. Being lied to that there is a Santa Claus, has that set her up to not believe there is Jesus Christ?

There is no being living at the North Pole, spending the days with his helpers called Elves who are evil spirits, devils making toys for children. There is no being loading a sleigh with toys then riding through the air being pulled by reindeer who cannot fly by nature, and going down chimneys to put presents under a tree. By the way, a Christmas tree is soundly denounced in Jeremiah 10 as a heathen practice. We are not to deceive, defraud, nor lie one to another. Virginia, has been told a lie about the reality of Santa Claus. Santa Claus is not only a make believe being but a dangerous one, being an imposter of Christ.

Santa is all present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. How does the song Go? "He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He knows if you've been bad or good." Qualities only God, Jesus Christ, has. He sits on a throne to hear wishes of children. Jesus will sit on a throne in the kingdom of God. The Bible tells us the hair of Jesus will be white upon his return. Santa's hair is white. Santa is a carpenter. Jesus was a carpenter. A common entry line in Middle Ages plays of the Devil was "Ho! Ho! Ho!" This was known as the Devils Bluster. By example, from a common English play "Bomelio" there is this line: "Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me." What does Santa say upon arrival? Or should I say Satan?

An anagram is a play on words. Letters of a word are re-arraigned to form a new word. Shuffle the letters of Santa and you have Satan. Nick has many meanings. One is the devil (Oxford Universal Dictionary. 1955. p 1325). Old St. Nick means the Old Devil. When Jesus was born, presents were brought to him. At Christmas, presents are given to everyone but Christ. Is this about making sales detracting from the worship of Christ? There is much more to the Santa story. Let me close with this historical fact. Christmas, Santa's season, was viewed by the Puritans as Pagan. They did not celebrate it, even outlawed for a while. Christmas did not enter America to any significant degree until about the middle of the 1800s even to the late 1800s in some areas of the country it remained verboten. Santa has risen as America has rejected more and more of Biblical truth.

Most respectfully,

Gray Clark