On Santa Claus…




G. K. Chesterton* on Santa Claus:


What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears

to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling,

Santa Claus has grown larger and larger in my life until he fills almost the

whole of it. It happened in this way.

As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring explanation. I hung up

at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full

stocking. I had done nothing to produce the things that filled it. I had not

worked for them, or made them or helped to make them.  I had not even been

good – far from it.

And the explanation was that a certain being whom people called Santa Claus

was benevolently disposed toward me. . . .  What we believed was that a certain

benevolent agency did give us those toys for nothing. And, as I say, I believe it still.

I have merely extended the idea.

Then I only wondered who put the toys in the stocking; now I wonder who put the stocking by the bed, and the bed in the room, and the room in the house, and the house on the planet, and the great planet in the void.

Once I only thanked Santa Claus for a few dollars and crackers. Now, I thank him

for stars and street faces, and wine and the great sea. Once I thought it delightful

and astonishing to find a present so big that it only went halfway into the stocking.

Now I am delighted and astonished every morning to find a present so big that it

takes two stockings to hold it, and then leaves a great deal outside; it is the large

and preposterous present of myself, as to the origin of which I can offer no

suggestion except that Santa Claus gave it to me in a fit of peculiarly fantastic



     In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

   “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” Luke 2



* G. K. Chesterton, (1874-1936) Was An English Writer, Lay Theologian, Poet, Philosopher, Dramatist, Journalist, Orator, Literary And Art Critic, Biographer, And Christian Apologist.

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