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Lets talk about Santa Claus

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Some call him 'Father Christmas', others call him 'baba Christmas', the rest call him 'Santa' or 'Santa Claus' or some name they derived for that white bearded man, sometimes with spectacles who wears a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white cuffed red trousers and a black leather belt and goes around sharing gifts on December 24th or December 6th (in some European countries when the feast day of St Nicholas is celebrated)   Father Christmas can also be known as 'St Nicholas' or 'Kris Jungle' and is a mythical figure. According to the carol 'Santa Claus is coming to town', children are expected to be good throughout the year so they get a present from Santa. Parents often have taken advantage of the Santa Claus figure to ensure the kids are back on track when they err. It is believed that Santa makes a list of children (naughty and nice), delivers coal to the naughty ones and candy/presents to the nice ones. He does this with the aid of the elves in his workshop and the reindeer who pulls his sleigh. santa_1203670c It is believed Father Christmas is around 70 years, since he's large and he comes down the chimney to put presents under the Christmas tree or in the children's room or in their stockings. Some traditional American families even leave presents for Santa - presents of wine, pies, biscuits and others. In homes without chimneys, it is believed he uses an alternative means such as the magical key which unlock all doors. In the popular 'Ted' movie, Santa Claus sent the kid, John a teddy which became his friend for life. Here are some things you probably didn't know about Santa -  
  • Santa is a citizen of Canada - Sometime in 2008, the minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism declared this and since then, it has stuck. He is a Canadian by nationality, just incase there's need to bury him in his hometown when he dies.
  • Santa was banned in early America - Back in the early America, the observation of Christmas and Santa was termed a sacrilege (the exchange of gifts, the fine clothing were reffered to as satanical) and the offenders liable to pay five shillings. Pretty much right?
In the words of Chuck Palahniuk, by first believing in Santa Claus, then the Easter Bunny, then the Tooth Fairy, Rant Casey was recognizing that those myths are more than pretty stories and traditions to delight children. Or to modify behavior. Each of those three traditions asks a child to believe in the impossible in exchange for a reward. These are stepped-up tests to build a child's faith and imagination. The first test is to believe in a magical person, with toys as the reward. The second test is to trust in a magical animal, with candy as the reward. The last test is the most difficult, with the most abstract reward: To believe, trust in a flying fairy that will leave money. From a man to an animal to a fairy. From toys to candy to money. Thus, interestingly enough, transferring the magic of faith and trust from sparkling fairy-dom to clumsy, tarnished coins. From gossamer wings to nickels... dimes... and quarters. In this way, a child is stepped up to greater feats of imagination and faith as he or she matures. Beginning with Santa in infancy, and ending with the Tooth Fairy as the child acquires adult teeth. Or, plainly put, beginning with all the possibility of childhood, and ending with an absolute trust in the national currency. Merry Christmas guys!   By: Frank Ugo

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