Ever bite off more than you can chew? In Christians and Santa Claus I tried include a brief version of the entire history of Christmas; not the story of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, but of where our modern celebration known as Christmas came from. That, plus what Christians do with Santa, ended up being a lot. Here’s the thing: That post is full of facts, dates, events, and reads like an encyclopedia entry. It contains a lot of information, but doesn’t convey any particular feeling. Think about watching a tv commercial for a new car. The images are poetry in motion. You see a lot of smooth lines, highway flying past, the accelerator pressing to the floor, all designed to stir your emotions. After buying the car you read the owner’s manual. The manual is full of relevant information, but probably doesn’t stir your soul the way the commercials did.
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