Thursday, November 26, 2009

This Thanksgiving, I Believe in Jesus Christ

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade had as its theme song a tune whereby people proclaimed that they believe in the miracle of love because they believe in Santa Claus. At the end of the parade, Santa Claus wishes everyone "Happy Thanksgiving to one and all."

There was a time when I was a kid that it was understood that Santa Claus is associated with Christmas. And I still remember the Macy's Santa saying the typical "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas" at the end of the parade.

Does Macy's need a reminder of who Santa Claus is, that he is really the culture's interpretation of Saint Nicholas, whose feast is celebrated Dec 6th and, in the European countries that celebrate him, is often accompanied with gifts? Or just on a purely cultural level, do we need to remind Macy's that Clement Clarke Moore's poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, describing a visit from St. Nicholas, ends "Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night"?

Perhaps. And I for one would just like to testify today that I believe in the miracle of love because I believe in Jesus Christ, who, by the way, inspired St. Nicholas. So without Jesus, there is no Santa Claus. I think I'll be writing Macy's a courteous letter lest they forget the real reason for the season.

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