Original Posting At http://um-insight.net/perspectives/who-is-real-santa-claus-or-john-the-baptizer/
Here’s a problem: we are conditioned to stop believing in Santa Claus by a certain age. No matter what kind of answer you give today, most of us have come to a symbolic understanding of Santa. We grew up. Life, for one reason or another, took the real idea of Santa Claus from our lives years ago. So we feast on the symbolic and encourage the lie of the literal in the lives of children, until they too will discover what we know: everyone is deceiving each other for the purposes of goodwill and holiday cheer. Despite our unbelief in a jolly man in a red suit, we keep the fiction alive. It is a secret, a covenant held by those who’ve stopped believing and now embrace the deception. Yes, millions of adults lie to children about a mythical character who resides in an area of the world most at risk from climate change. That’s got to be healthy, right?