On Father Christmas

Bruce Charlton has posted an interesting piece on his blog, in which he explains why he believes that Father Christmas is ‘real’, not just a fictional character. The piece is not a variation on the familiar “yes, Virginia, there is a Santa”, but a different take on the meaning of the character called Father Christmas or Santa.

It’s a fact that some Christians believe Santa to be a bad influence on children, encouraging materialism, selfishness, and greed, rather than the ‘Spirit of giving’ we hear about each year at this time. But is Father Christmas/Santa ”real” in any sense of the word? Read the post; it’s certainly food for thought. It’s possible to look at ‘Santa’ in a different light.

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