Santamas – yes it is a made-up word, but it describes what is otherwise called ‘Christmas’. That’s what it looks like to me.

Sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone, but all the adverts I see are for Santa.

What does he have to do with ‘Christmas’?

Santa cartoon with sack of giftsSanta Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day. However, in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, 6 December.[1]

The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, whose name is a dialectal pronunciation of Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra

A couple of interesting points…

The old ‘carol’, ‘While Shepherds Watched their Sheep by Night” locates the shepherds on the hillside with their flocks of sheep.

The Jewish month of Chislev (corresponding to November/December) was a time of cold and rainy weather.

The Old Testament writer Ezra shows that Chislev was indeed a month known for cold and rainy weather. After stating that a crowd had gathered in Jerusalem “in the ninth month [Chislev] on the twentieth day of the month,” Ezra reports that people were “shivering . . . on account of the showers of rain.”

“… and all the people sat in the open square of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and because of heavy rain.”
Ezra 10: 9a NKJV

And in verse 13 of the same chapter it mentions that it is the season for heavy rain. (Bethlehem is only about six miles from Jerusalem where Ezra and the people were meeting.)

It is hard to fathom why shepherds living in the area would still be out with their flocks at night in December.

Another point…

Santa Claus (or any of his other aliases) brings gifts to people. Mmm. What does that have to do with celebrating the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ?

The Magi brought gifts to Him.

Matthew 2:2 tells us that the wise men came looking for a king. They did not ask where they could find the Savior of mankind. They were following the common custom of presenting gifts to royalty or one destined to be a ruling monarch.

There are many other areas in which it is clear that the day that is celebrated on 25th December each year is Santamas, not Christmas, but these will do – at least for now. smile image made in Word

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