Kultural Sensitve Xmas
patrick Driscoll (PDris1995@AOL.COM)
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 13:36:33 -0500
I have been following this for a bit and I must agree that the Scout
position on any single God should be one of respect, without putting one
faith before another. In my Pack, although we do a sock tree for a homeless
shelter, we do not celebrate Christmas nor do we exchange gifts.
However, when people started attacking Santa Claus, it got my dander up.
I would like to point out (as others have already) that Santa does not
belong to Christianity. The jolly old elf is entirely a creation of American
media and commercial concerns.
Unfortunately for them, he has gone on to mean so very much more than
buying a product. Santa has come to stand for unselfishness, love and helping
other people without regard to any return. Santa hascome to stand for
uplifting the spirits of children, giving them hope that good things can
happen in this world.
Santa has also come to represent for some people a chance to doo a good
deed once a year, perhaps to make up for not caring about others most of the
rest of the time.
I would also like to point out that no one has ever brunt another at a
stake in the name of Santa Claus. No one has ever shoved someone into a gas
chamber in the name of Santa, nor deprived them of their possesions, land or
life. No one has ever ethnicaly cleansed an area for the good of Santa Claus
or made a group pariahs because they belive or don't belive in Santa.
Santa Claus has never been the reason for war, famine or plague. Santa
has never "spoke " to a madman to tell him to kill. Santa has never avocated
blowing up innocents in his name.
Santa merely appears once a year to remind people about kindness, love
and giving. Too bad he only comes once per year, we could use him more often,
no matter that we believe in a hairy thunderer or a cosmic muffin. Santa
doesn't care who you pray to, only that you be a good person.
Santa Claus exists as the editor of that Boston newspaper put it. As
long as there are people who would do something to make life happier for
others, Santa lives and will continue to bring joy to hearts everywhere.
If Santa and the qualities that he represents offend you then you need
to be offended. If sharing, kindness and helping others makes you feel left
out then perhaps you need to look hard at yourself and what you are teaching
If you want to attack Santa, come on down here and we'll step out and
Happy holidays and be kind to someone you don't know.
Patrick Driscoll Time flies like the wind but fruit
flies like bannanas.
CM P244, Council Training Staff
Alamo Area Council
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