The mind is marvelous. The part of the mind that imagines things is perhaps the most mystical aspect of all. Forming new ideas, images, or concepts not present to the senses reminds me of a saying by a beloved mentor of mine.
‘We are created by a creator to create,’ said Dick Runyeon.
Contemplating about Jesus, the man, and Christ, the divine has been translated into the greatest story ever told countless times by the wisest and most thoughtful of souls. Contemplating about Santa Claus, the modern mystical elf who grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra has led to equally countless stories. Some contemplating both have created great works of art and human insight. Charles Dickens comes to mind.
Hopefully, the pages and posts of Christ and Claus will inspire your own contemplation and insights during this season of reflection and celebration. We don’t need to be reminded that the current machinations could use the elixir these two eternal spirits.
You know that Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children.
Did you know that during the Middle Ages, often on the evening before St. Nicholas name day of 6 December, children were bestowed gifts in his honor. This date moved in the course of the Protestant Reformation and its opposition to the veneration of saints in many countries to the 24th and 25th of December. There is a wonderfully illustrated article on Santa Claus at Wikipedia that describes the evolution of characters, the pre-modern representations of the gift-giver from Church history and folklore, and traditions and rituals.
There is even a discussion on the controversy of deceiving children. You can check out The Truth About Santa Claus posted here in 2014 celebration.
Next week at this time it will be Christmas Eve Eve. Enjoy the days!