Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas/Religious References
Cyndi Castro (ccastro@UTEP.EDU)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 11:41:38 -0700
As an addendum to Bob's post: He was made Bishop in Lycia. He was and is
very popular in Europe where the Protestant's converged both St. Nicholas
and an existing winter solistus (sp?) spirit into Father Christmas. (the
winter spirit was a mischieviou (sp?) one.) (ref. from World Book
Encyclopedia and a Christmas book I don't have with me). When the Dutch
children came to the New World they brought St. Nicholas or as they called
him SinterKlaas. It is through SinterKlaas that we get Santa Claus. To me
Christmas time is a special time when mankind is given a glimpse of what it
is capable. For it is at this time when the majority of people really strive
for goodwill, harmony, peace, and the chance to give, not for profit or gain
but because we wish to help our fellow man regardles of race, color, or
creed. It is too easy to forget the spirit of Christmas with all the media
hype. Let us, all of us, NOT forget this for we all belong to the family of
Scouting and Man.
Merry Christmas to all and God (however you may call Him) Bless us everyone...
El Paso, TX
At 09:26 AM 12/16/96 -0600, you wrote:
>> On 16 Dec 96 at 10:29, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>>No argument from me. However, the man who became Saint Nicholas got the
>>idea of gift-giving at the holiday season from somewhere. And that
>>somewhere was NOT the Judeo-Christian background.
>I'm sorry, but I disagree.
>Nicholas did not give gifts depending on any holiday.
>Actually, this is the basic story of St. Nicholas:
>Nicholas was from a wealthy family and inherited quite
>a bit. He was also a Christian. One day, he heard about
>a neighbor who was in financial trouble to the point that
>if he did not find money soon, his 3 daughters would be
>sold to pay his debts.
>The night before the deadline, Nicholas secretly dropped
>more than enough money into the man's home. (Some say that
>he dropped it down the chimney, others through the window.)
>The father heard him and caught him in the act. At any rate,
>this started Nicholas on the path to donating all of his
>inheritance to the poor and the Church. He was eventually
>made a Bishop and was imprisoned by the Romans for years
>before he was released.
>So, why did Nicholas give his gifts? It was definitely
>because of his Christian beliefs. Did he originate giving
>at Christmas time? No, his gifts were delivered at all times.
>Is giving a strictly Christian thing. No, of course not.
>Bottom line: Nicholas was known as a generous giver to all
>at all times. Gift giving at Christmas or other holidays is
>not just Christian. Since Nicholas was known as a giver and
>Christians adopted a 'giving' attitude at Christmas, they
>also adopted Nicholas as a symbol of their giving.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City