Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Importance of Christmas must be emphasised

It seems that each year a growing number of people downplay the importance of Santa Claus.

There has long been some opposition to teaching children to believe in Santa Claus. However, the Santa Claus tradition has religious origins that can be helpful in teaching children of all ages the values of humility and giving.

The legend of Santa Claus can actually be traced to St Nicholas of Myra, a bishop in the early Christian church who was known for his generosity and love of children.

One of the most famous stories of the generosity of St Nicholas says that he threw bags of gold through an open window in the house of a poor man to serve as dowry for the man's daughters, who otherwise would have been sold into slavery.

St Nicholas is associated with Christmas because of the tradition that he had giving secret gifts to children. In the spirit of St Nicholas, let us make each day of the year like Christmas.

JOHN ROGERS

Dublin

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