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Creepy Santa

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If there’s one Christmas song that gives me the willies, it’s Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Just give a listen to the lyrics, and you’ll soon wonder why more children aren’t terrified by the big guy in the red suit. Consider the veiled threat behind these lines:

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town.

It really gets creepy, though, when it describes the results of Santa’s spy network:

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

The old, fat guy has taken a page from 1984 and uses fear to keep all the little kiddies in line. And don’t forget about his naughty and nice lists. Number one on the naughty list? Santa himself.

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Christmas culture religion

Christmas Lessons

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My third-grade daughter came home with a Christmas word-find. Here are the words, associated with Christmas, which she was supposed to find:

  1. GINGERBREAD
  2. CANDLES
  3. HELPERS
  4. GLOVES
  5. CINNAMON
  6. FRIENDS
  7. HATS
  8. GIVING

I don’t know about you, but HATS and GLOVES always make me think of Christmas. What about JESUS, MANGER, STAR, SHEPHERDS, ANGELS, JOSEPH, MARY, and BETHLEHEM? What about WISE MEN and INNS and TAXES? Certainly they are more representative of Christmas than GINGERBREAD and CINNAMON. My daughter thinks she is just doing homework, but she is learning what her culture says about Christmas. The not-so-subtle message of her assignment is that Christmas is just a winter holiday—not a celebration of the Incarnation. Here is a holiday drained of all religious content. Even SANTA CLAUS and REINDEER are missing. Too Christian? Or just not bland enough. Either way it’s disgusting.

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