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  • By John Hoh
    Dec 31, 2007
    "Review from BookIdeas.com reviewer Doris Costagliola" The title alone is enough to spark any parent's interest. And I was one of those parents. Although my children are grown, I am a grandparent. My parents raised me and I raised both my children with the usual, "Be good or Santa will not bring you any presents" which became frequent as December approached. This book gives a very interesting history of how the myth of St. Nicholas/Santa Clause compares with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. I was amazed at the similarities but truly wonder if the two confuses children or one is to overshadow the other in this commercial world. I have always felt that Christmas was too commercial straying from its original purpose, the birth of Jesus Christ, God in human form. A major point is the fact that children should never be lied to by parents. Is answering the question, "is there really a Santa Clause?" with a "yes", lying? There is no gray area; even... More > a half-truth is a whole lie. So, there is a good possibility that if we allow our children to grow up believing in the reality of Santa Clause only to be devastated when he/she realizes it is a hoax then, we need to realize that the child would have reservations and doubts about Christ and the Bible. God could be construed as the grown-up Santa. The book reflects on the popular song "You better watch out, you better not cry…He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He knows if you've been bad or good, So be good for goodness' sake!" Think about the words compared to the attributes of God-to name a few, Holy (distinct from all creatures), eternal, unchangeable, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, sovereign, good, just, righteous. I have to admit that I never thought about the comparison before reading this book. Also, I did not realize that the lineage of Santa Claus could be traced back to a bishop in the village of Myra who was named Nicholas. There are many reliable quotes to back up the comparisons. Beside the lying part, another problem I see is that we have to be "good" to receive gifts from Santa. This message also builds and reinforces the doctrine of Good Works. And that is in direct opposition to what God offers. God offers us grace and we do not have to be good to receive His grace. Also, what is "good"? How many good things do we have to do and say to be considered good? See the problem. Children could easily misconstrue that they have to be good to receive God in their heart. God himself has paid the full price for all of our sins on the cross so it is not necessary to be good to receive Him and His Kingdom. The simple fact that St. Nicholas/Santa Clause and the birth of Jesus Christ are celebrated on December 25th can very simply be a cause of confusion and indoctrinate that the only reason for celebration is being good for "gifts". When, in fact, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Most kids get a birthday party on their birthday. December 25th should be a birthday party for Jesus! I would highly recommend this book.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780615185774
Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
John Hoh
Published
August 1, 2011
Language
English
Pages
132
Binding
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.58 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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