A little known history fact is that I believed that The Flash was real. I was always skeptical of Santa
but I was convinced that The Flash was the secret to kids all over the world receiving gifts in just one night. I really believed that Santa was just the front man to this multinational conspiracy to keep the identity of The Flash a secret. When my parents told me that Santa wasn’t real I was ok because I still believed in The Flash. I had been to church every year and heard the Christmas story. I even was in a couple of Christmas plays. As I turned 10 the reality of Jesus, Santa and the Flash became crystal clear and my world didn’t fall apart.
Another little known history fact is that until last year I had no credible proof that the legends, legacy or institution of Santa had any basis in reality. I was privileged to visit the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and hear for the first time the story of Bishop Nicholas (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/) Although not the image of fables, and commercial Christmas portrayals there was a bishop who cared for the poor and the children with compassion as an expression of God’s love.
I say this because these realities have informed my life and none of them have shaken my faith in Jesus. Parents who are disciples of Jesus Christ have been debating if they should introduce Santa, when they should tell their children that the only story is the story at the manger. There is some truth to the legends of real person who loved the poor and children because of his love of God. He cared for the poor and defenseless because of his beliefs. He sold all that he had and took gifts to the impoverished of his time. This is the man that the legend of St. Nick aka Santa Claus is based on. Some man getting in a sleigh with Reindeer pulling around the world in 24 hours is false. Parents spend too much and work real hard to make and spend money to bring their children and loved ones happiness. I believe that the greatest gifts of the Christmas season are not purchased in stores but nurtured in the relationships of family, friends and loved ones. There are days when I still believe The Flash conspiracy is real. (Yes I will ask Olivia Pope to investigate)
This doesn’t replace, diminish or alter the impact of greatest event in human history, the miracle of Jesus being born of a virgin as a part of God’s grand plan to save humanity.
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:15-20