Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Santa Claus

Internet Monk has an article on "the real Santa Claus".

Reading that, and the comments reminds me that few people know (or behave as if they knew) who the real Santa Claus is.

Most people behave according to the mythology initiated in the early 20th century, and evolving even today.

It's interesting how "godlike" Santa has been made to become:
  1. Omniscient - "he knows when you're sleeping"
  2. Eternal - always an old man, presented as the same man for the last hundred years (or more)
  3. Judge - "he knows if you've been bad or good"
  4. (aspects of) Omnipresent - able to visit every house in one night, present in all malls (although some attribute this to "helpers")
I say junk Santa. Who needs him? (Or encouraging parents to lie to their children)

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