Christmas Without Santa?

A friend writes who works in an inner-city Sunday school:

We had a staff meeting last week to plan our annual Christmas party for the kids. The meeting had just started when one of the workers dropped a bomb.

“We can’t have a Santa Claus this year,” he said. “I just read in a book that Santa Claus is a secular humanist.”

All of us thought he was joking, but it turned out that he was serious.

“Look, you guys,” he shouted, “have you ever rearranged the letters in Santa? It becomes Satan. And Satan is our enemy. Furthermore, Santa wears red, and red is a diabolical color. And Santa is identified with fire because he comes down the chimney.”

“How about if we dress him in white and have him come through the laundry chute?” I suggested.

“And we could call him Father Christmas or Kris Kringle instead of Santa,” added our superintendent.

“Look,” I argued, “if we don’t have a Santa to give these kids some toys and fun, there just won’t be any party. It’ll die before it’s born.”

But our fellow laborer was adamant. “I will not promote a secular humanist!” he shouted. “Secular humanism is ruining our nation!”

“This neighborhood couldn’t be ruined much more,” I commented.

“Look at it this way,” calmly spoke our fearless leader. “These kids know that Santa is just a story. He’s a part of the fixtures of the season. We always try to give the true meaning of Christmas and share the gospel. I don’t see anything wrong with having a Santa.”

“Let’s vote on it,” I suggested. The vote was six in favor of Santa and one opposed.

“Bah, humbug!” said the opposition as it walked out of the room, slamming the door.

“I wish he had stayed,” said our leader. “That 300 pounds he carries around helps make him a perfect Santa Claus. I wonder if ...

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