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Reply (06/24/2007)
From: Carolyn Goree

Reply to the article, "The lies we tell our children," by Lorayne Wenecke

I read your article and I agree to you that Jesus needs to stay in our daily lives/and holidays, but it also made me wonder if you weren't told these stories as a child? Childhood memories of Christmas and Easter to me were more than the "stories" of Santa, The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. and as far as the Easter Bunny, who I never heard "laid" the eggs, but painted and hide them for little children to find. And I was also taught why the egg was part of Easter. The great spring festival of Easter, the Christian Passover, added a new meaning to the symbolism of the egg, for just as the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus broken open when he rose from the dead on the third day. Ancient cultures saw the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of nature, but Christians came to see it as a symbol of the rebirth of mankind. I feel our new parents of today, are doing their best, as we all have, and I appauld them with using their good skills of teaching our children the "truth" and being good role models. I feel if you were to ask a majority of children today, "Christmas, is what?" They would answer, "presents and Jesus bday." To teach family unity, love, respect, and honor IS out there. I see it and I feel it. I don't like to judge people, Lorayne, instead we need to pray and keep on being that good Christian you want everyone else to be. We are all sinners. We do our best. And as far as these, "crazy" stories---there are so many more "crazy" things in life than the stories of Santa and the Easter Bunny, which seem very harmless to me. Stories not lies as long as the truth is taught as well.

 

 

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