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Santa Claus
The consumption oriented Christmas is starting here. A bit early… we just survived All Saints Day. Never the less, the shops in Gothenburg are getting full of Santa’s in various sizes and dancemooves. It makes me wonder.

I red about Santa Claus, the real one, in one of my new favorite books
”The Oxford Dictionary of Saints” by David Hugh Farmer:
Did you know that the Bishop of Myra lived in Turkey (4th century) was known to be a thaumaturge, a miracle worker. Myra in Swedish means ”ant”. I have to disregard this fact, since he was not the Bishop of ants…
Later canonized to be Santa Nicholas, he was known to both the eastern and western church tradition, and he survived the worst prosecution of Christians of all times under the Roman emperor Diocletian. He was/is a popular saint.

According to the legend the Bishop of Myra gave away three bags of gold to three young sisters by simply throwing it secretly through their window one night. Now they had money to their marriage dowries, and they didn’t have to start to earn their living as prostitutes. Since the Bishop remained an unknown giver, the girl’s father still was enabled to keep his head high in the society, since he never found anyone to owe anything to. Not in his lifetime anyway. The Bishop of Myra seems to have something else, something moore precious than gold, and plenty of it, since he gave for nothing, and the gift was great. I believe we have all been given the gift of life for nothing, therefore we shall be giving for nothing.

Interesting. Maybe it is good the Santas are out early this year…

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    • Amos
    • November 8th, 2010

    So many times, Christmas brings out the best and worst in us. As I shop for the right gift, I find myself giving for many different reasons. For some, it is because i want to show my love and care; while for others, it is more about just going through the motions or reciprocating an action which may or may not be bestowed upon me. It’s frustrating how consumed we can become with the act of giving, and even more on how easily we can become focused on receiving. One of my favorite Christian musicians is Twila Paris, and her song “It’s the Thought” reminds me every year why we should give, and how nothing we can give will ever compare to the greatest gift we were ever given.

    It’s the Thought
    Written by Twila Paris

    And a loving thought sends us out to find
    Something special for someone on our mind
    And we think of friends and family
    As we hang our gifts on the Christmas tree

    It’s the thought that counts when the thought is love
    It’s the thought that counts when you’re thinking of
    How the money flows in vast amounts
    When the thought is love it’s the thought that counts

    And a loving thought sent a snow white lamb
    To a little town known as Bethlehem
    And the little lamb thought of you and me
    As He hung His gift on the Christmas tree

    It’s the thought that counts when the thought is love
    It’s the thought that counts when you’re thinking of
    How the money flows in vast amounts
    It’s the thought that counts when the thought is love

    Think of the precious gift He gave
    Think of the life He thought to save

    And the blood flowed in vast amounts
    When the thought is love, it’s the thought that counts
    When the thought is love, it’s the thought that counts
    When the thought is love, it’s the thought that counts

    • Sara
    • November 9th, 2010

    Psst… Advent Conspiracy… Pass it on.

      • Nina
      • January 10th, 2011

      Haha! I get it! I just tripped over the video on YouTube! Brilliant, and something I’d love to get in on next Christmas. Wish I had figured it out sooner!

  1. lol I ate my very first X-mas candy August 30th … that was the day when they started here in Germany …. and yes normally I wait until the first advent with the x-mas stuff BUT I had a hard day and was craving those things, sorry 🙂

    • A
    • November 10th, 2010

    I agree with whatever it takes to bring the German x-mas sweets to the stores…but the snow it’s a little bit too early for…btw Santa was really yearly this year…;)

    • Nina
    • November 14th, 2010

    Thank you for the history lesson! I loved reading every bit of this post- and it inspired me to read more about this, and about (Saint) Martin!

    • Marie Langwagen
    • December 5th, 2010

    Tack Jenny och Jakob för en fantastisk söndagkväll.Din röst Jenny berör verkligen på djupet och Jakob ditt pisnospel WOW !! // Marie , som höll ihop kvällen.

  2. An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I believe that you should write more on this subject, it might not be a taboo topic however usually people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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