Here is my latest article for The Imaginative Conservative…What’s Wrong With Santa?
My proposal is that there is nothing wrong with Santa as long as he is kept in his place. Despite the tacky artwork–his place is secondary to Christ the Infant King.
The most extreme form of anti-Santa preaching is the frightening realization that “Santa” is an anagram of Satan. This sort of conspiracy theory linguistic legerdemain is always amusing because its proponents take it seriously—like the loons who argued Elvis must be alive because his name is an anagram of “lives.” The anti-Santa Scrooges have their own tradition. The Puritans of Cromwell’s England famously banned Christmas as being pagan and Catholic. Their denial of Christmas crossed the Atlantic, and tendrils of the same spiky negativity curl into our modern age like some poisonous form of holly and ivy—causing preachers and teachers to call “Bah Humbug!” on jolly old St. Nick and warn that Santa is indeed Satan disguised.
I’m for setting them on one side, and celebrating Santa—remembering that a man is always right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies. Santa Claus is a very interesting amalgamation of various European and Christian traditions. He has adapted and adopted modern ways to perpetuate his myth, and he survives now as a curiously popular and perennial version of our shared European tradition. Why not enjoy Santa?
Go here to read the whole piece.
Read More: Here is an archived piece on how I came to appreciate the Infant Christ the King through devotion to the Infant of Prague. It’s all about innocence and majesty combined. For some laughs here is my alter ego– forever eight years old Caitlin O’Rourke on the Infant of Prague.