Thursday, 20 April 2017

Santa Claus

The version or image that won the day was a creation of Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harpers Weekly. He came up with an image of this character back in 1863. Santa was drawn up to look like a robber baron that, instead of an evil nature, had a jolly one. Instead of being a taker he was a giver. He didn’t steal from the less fortunate, he helped them. It was a great PR move for America’s retailers: a toy industry with a heart of gold. Both children and parents could now pretend that presents weren’t in the realm of the commercial market place.
The first generations of Christians didn’t celebrate Jesus’ birth. The first Christians focused on his resurrection. It wasn’t until the 5th century (400 AD) that Rome and its introduction of the Nativity that December 25th became a holiday in association to the birth of Jesus. Many of the Church leaders throughout history, especially in England and America tried to outlaw this holiday because of its connection with pagan worship among many other things. Christmas Day acceptance into the Protestant Church of America hadn’t happened until the 1800s, a strategy to stop Protestant Christians from worshiping at Catholic churches on Dec. 25th.
The implementation was forced by Roman law through the power of the Catholic church and rejected throughout history by most of the early Christian leaders. The absence of the celebration of Jesus’ birth concerning Christmas is good in every aspect because Jesus never belonged in this pagan system that started out pagan and became secularized and commercialized in America.


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