Monday, January 9, 2017

Secret Santa


 As the Christmas season winds down with the Feast of the Most Holy Family (January 8, 2017), I'm writing to ask Traditionalist parents (if they haven't done so already) to eliminate Santa Claus from their homes, and don't tell their children about it. No, I'm not here to tell you the letters in "Santa" spell "Satan," but I will bring home two points; (1) you must lie to your children multiple times about a fictitious character that you want them to think is real, and (2) it lessens their belief in other things you tell them; like the existence of God. All this for folklore that has nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas, and serves to make kids materialistic. Just what we need, right?

 There is good reason to believe that the modern day Santa, far from being St. Nicholas, is a Masonic ploy to detract from the real meaning of Christmas, just like the Easter Bunny detracts from the most important event in human history; the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consider the following carefully.


Santa is God-Like

 People calling themselves "Christian" lie to their children about the existence of a supernatural, all-knowing being who is watching them and holding them morally accountable. This "God-surrogate" is an all-seeing person endowed with miraculous powers, who’s making a list and checking it twice in order to find out if you've been naughty or nice. "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good, for goodness’ sake!" Fear not, however, no matter what you’ve done, he thinks you’re good and delivers the presents. Is this caricature of God something about which you want to lie to your children? 

 Once they find out that you have lied to them about Santa’s existence, how can doubts not also arise that you have been lying (or wrong) as well in telling them that God exists? Maybe the whole Christmas story is a myth which thinking adults should outgrow. I’ve heard ignorant atheists actually comparing God to Santa Claus and saying that there is no more evidence of God’s existence than Santa’s. In lying to your children about Santa Claus, you may be setting them up for fall. If you think I'm exaggerating, there's at least one high ranking Freemason who agrees.


Giving Children "Masonic Doubt"

 Gaylord Z. Thomas, a major in the United States Air Force, and a 32nd degree Mason, compares Santa Claus to The Legend of Hiram Abiff. According to Masonic Education (See freemasons-freemasonry.com), Hiram Abiff was comissioned by King Solomon as chief architect and master of works at the construction of his temple. As the temple is nearing completion, three fellowcraft masons from the workforce ambush him as he leaves the building, demanding the secrets of a Master Mason. Hiram is challenged by each in turn, and at each refusal to divulge the information his assailant strikes him with a mason's tool. He is injured by the first two assailants, and struck dead by the last.The assailants are brought to justice, and King Solomon informs the people that the secrets of the Master Mason are now gone. Such is the tale told to Freemasons entering the Third Degree. Masons use the story to show "how Hiram's death was also his triumph--as the resurrection of truth over ignorance is always a victory,..." (See http://www.masonicworld.com/education/articles/THE-IMPORTANCE-OF-THE-LEGEND-OF-HIRAM-ABIFF.htm). It is the triumph of Masonic naturalism ("truth") over the "ignorance" of the Church. Masonry claims to have the truth and will keep it secret (like Hiram Abiff) while seeking to destroy the ignorance of its enemy, the True Church. 

 Major Thomas now compares this legend to Santa. "Another parallel to Santa can be seen in how Hiram is struck down and how Santa Claus 'dies' in the minds of our youth. Hiram was met at the first principal gate and struck with the Rule, inflicting the first wound. He is struck in the throat, the place of our voice. Is it not by word of mouth from their fellow school children (or siblings) that Santa Claus is also first struck?" 

Next, "Hiram was met at the second principal gate and struck a second wound by the Square. He is struck in the chest or heart, the place of our affections. Is it not normally by the word of the parents, those who stand upright in the minds of the child, that the first realization about Santa Claus is confirmed? And doesn't it almost always break their hearts to hear this news? They are growing up." 

Finally, "Hiram is met at the third gate, and the final blow by the Setting Maul is dealt to his head, the place of our intellect. Similarly, children aware of the true nature of Santa forcefully kill Santa in the minds of other children by ridiculing, often with blistering logic, those who still believe in Santa." (See http://204.3.136.66/council/journal/dec01/thomas.html). He approves of this "death of Santa." 

Almost all children will experience three bad events  from being lied to about Santa Claus by their parents:

  • They will be told by older siblings or school companions that their parents lied.
  • They have the trust in their parents broken, and maybe a lingering doubt about what else they lied about--like perhaps God. Parents are seen as hypocrites by telling them "don't lie;" but they themselves lie for children's entertainment.
  • They are angry and wish to destroy the lie in the minds of other children--they have become skeptics at an early age

Why would any parent do this to a child? The Masons may not have created Santa Claus, but they sure know how to use this myth to dislodge Christ from people's minds; especially the minds of children here in the United States.

Santa: A Fairy Tale Made Analogous To God
Consider these parallels:

  • Has white hair like wool (Apocalypse 1:14)--so does Santa
  • Has a beard (Isaiah 50:6) --so does Santa
  • Comes in red apparel (Isaiah 63:1-2)---so does Santa
  • Hour of His coming is a mystery (Luke 12:40; Mark 13:33)--so is Santa's 
  • Omnipotent -- all powerful (Apocalypse 19:6)--Santa can deliver all the world's toys in one night
  • Omniscient -- knows all (Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)--Santa knows the good and bad deeds of all kids in the world
  • Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10; Ephesians 4:6; John 3:13)--Santa has to be everywhere in one night
  • Comes as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43-44)--enters your home like a thief!
  •  Judges (Rom 14:10)--decides if you're bad or good, but unlike Christ, all will get rewarded

So when they stop believing in the lie they were told, maybe they will (consciously or subconsciously) make the connection to disbelief in God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  

The Solution: St. Nicholas

 Don't lie to your children about the existence of a mythical creature with God-like characteristics, and then try to keep Santa's non-existence a secret.  Like in some European countries prior to Vatican II, you can give the gifts on December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas. Explain this feast to your children, and keep Christmas strictly religious. Acquaint your children with the historical Saint Nicholas, and most importantly, acquaint them with the historical Jesus. In fact, share with them how Christmas myths like the "little drummer boy" began. Let them know that Jesus wasn't really born on December 25th, but it counters a pagan holiday during the early Church. Let them know Santa isn't real, but unfortunately, some parents have fallen for a Christmas counterfeit that will try some children's faith in God. You can keep giving gifts on Christmas, as long as they know it's in honor of Christ, and in imitation of St. Nicholas. By doing all this, your children will have a stronger, more durable faith as a result.






36 comments:

  1. I have been saying eliminate Santa Claus for years.Good job on this article.
    So we know for a fact Jesus wasn't born around Dec or Jan?(curious no sarcasm intended)

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    1. Most Bible scholars agree that Shepards would not be out in the fields at night in the winter. They would seek shelter with the sheep. For these and other reasons, it is believed that Christ was most likely born in Spring (March-May).

      God bless,

      ---Introibo

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  2. I'm wrestling with white nationalism and practicing the Roman Catholic faith.(I don't know if its a double standard being catholic & nationalist)
    The same forces behind International banking & multiculturalism are the same forces behind the infiltration & destruction of the institutional Catholic Church beginning in the early 1950's.
    Santa Claus has become prominent post WW2 & no doubt was raised to iconographic worship to destroy the youths faith in Catholicism & western civilization.
    Sounds crazy to 'normal people' i.e zombie consumers but this entry is spot on 100% accurate.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. Be careful with "white nationalism." It's usually fueled by hate. There is nothing wrong with ethnic pride, but not at the expense of denigrating others. Remember Christ only died for one race---the human race!

      ---Introibo

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  3. Good news on the sedevacantist front.Many folks on Novus Ordo & SSPX sites are now openly debating the possibility of Sedevacantism.
    It seems Salsa/Siscoe new 700 page $45 magnum opus is doing nothing in the way of helping the Novus Ordo!!

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    1. I'm not surprised. It's recycled arguments many times refuted. As Frankie is Modernism on steroids, people are starting to see the wolf in St. Peter's clothing. Deo gratias!

      ---Introibo

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    2. I was a Catholic R & R connected to Fsspx until recently, and today I'm a sedanvantist. I believe that Francis is the scourge of God to wake up the sincere souls of NovusOrdo / R & R' illusion.

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    3. I agree with you my friend!

      ---Introibo

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  4. This is way over the top. Children believing in Santa Clause is not the evil you make it out to be. If I didn't see that you were Catholic I'd say you were a Jehovah's witness or some sort of Bible-based fundamentalist. What's the next thing to go Christmas Trees and lights?

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    1. You think it is ok to lie to children about a God-like creature that does not exist? There is nothing "over the top" about it. I'd like to hear you explain why you think lying to your children repeatedly about a myth is ok! We can proceed from there.

      ---Introibo

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  5. I really like the points you make, though a lot of people are going to have an emotional reaction against your message.

    That comment about the date of Christmas, though, got me scratching my head, and I decided to look up what Dom Guéranger had to say on this.

    https://archive.org/stream/V03TheLiturgicalYear#page/n15/mode/2up

    Pages 2-3

    "[W]ith regard to our Savior's Birth on the 25th of December, we have St. John Chrysostom telling us, in his Homily for this Feast, that the Western Churches had, from the very commencement of Christianity kept it on this day. He is not satisfied with merely mentioning the tradition; he undertakes to show, that it is well-founded, inasmuch as the Church of Rome had every means of knowing the true day of our Savior's Birth, since the acts of the Enrollment, taken in Judea by command of Augustus, were kept in the public archives of Rome. The holy Doctor adduces a second argument, which he founds upon the Gospel of St. Luke, and he reasons thus: we know from the sacred scriptures, that it must have been in the fast of the seventh month [footnote: Lev. xxiii. 24 and following verses. The seventh month (or Tieri) corresponded to the end of our September and beginning of our October. Translator.] that the Priest Zachary had the vision in the Temple; after which Elizabeth, his wife, conceived St. John the Baptist: hence it follows, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, having, as the Evangelist St. Luke relates, received the Angel Gabriel's visit, and conceived the Savior of the world in the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, that is to say, in March, — the Birth of Jesus must have taken place in the month of December."

    He goes on to talk about how the eastern churches celebrated it on different days, but I didn't think that was relevant.

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    1. Who am I to argue with a theological giant like Dom Gueranger? There is nothing wrong with keeping Christ's Nativity on December 25th. Some scholars say it is correct. It is not a matter of Faith, however.

      St Augustine writes, "“For he [Jesus] is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th." ("On The Trinity"). Many Biblical archeologists, starting around the beginning of the 20th century, such as McGowan states, "
      In the East, too, the dates of Jesus’ conception and death were linked. But instead of working from the 14th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, the easterners used the 14th of the first spring month (Artemisios) in their local Greek calendar—April 6 to us. April 6 is, of course, exactly nine months before January 6—the eastern date for Christmas."

      This is what is believed by the majority in a matter that is not of Faith. However, it is certainly possible that December 25th is correct, and given the authority of Gueranger, I will re-think my position after further study.

      Thank you for the excellent comment!

      ---Introibo

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    2. I wondered too about your statement that Christ was not born on 25th December. I remember reading a modern write up probing that December 25th was the actual date of Christ's birth, and the writer was not writing for a religious magazine.

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    3. I'm open to December 25th. Still researching. It may very well be correct.

      ---Introibo

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  6. Yes Introibo I think it is just fine to tell children Santa Clause exists. But I also think it is just fine to tell them he doesn't. Whatever the parent chooses is fine. Nobody is going to die and go to hell because they believed in fairy tales as children. I realize Vatican II and the crisis in the Church has everyone worked up but I think you just need to lighten up a bit.

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    1. I agree that "no one is going to Hell for believing in fairy tales as children." I'm talking about the morality of deliberately lying to children which you claim is a matter left up to the parents. It is sinful to lie, as the Church clearly teaches.

      As I point out in my post, the effect this could have on children can undermine parental authority as well as sow doubts about God. The modern day Santa Claus (post WW 2) is nothing more than a Masonic distraction from the real Christmas message.

      This fact is brought out very clearly in the secular law. In ACLU of New Jersey v. Schundler (1999), future Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito held that a display of the Nativity by a NJ city was constitutional because (unlike the first display), it had been rendered sufficiently secular by adding (you guessed it!) Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and symbols of Kwanza. Santa is not seen as having a religious message.

      You might as well lie to children about the existence of Frosty the Snowman. That has nothing to do with Christmas either. Then kids may very well think the Nativity of Our Lord is just another made-up holiday like Kwanza. I personally know someone who had been an atheist for sometime as an adolescent due to lying about Santa. Thank God, he met some intelligent Christians and regained his lost faith. He later became a Traditionalist and refuses to mention Santa Claus, knowing the damage it did to him. He was blessed.

      How can anyone, having these facts before them, approve of Santa Claus? It goes against both faith and Right reason.

      ---Introibo

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    2. As a child I felt insulted & patronized once I learned Santa Claus was a fraudulent lie.(no sarcasm or humor I am serious.I thought about all those times I was excited about Santa and the weatherman doing the Santa radar. Sounds funny now but as a kid I thought "what the blank?!?!)
      I couldn't wait to tell kids younger than me he wasn't real.Brought out an ugly horrible side of me in 5th grade.)What you say in this entry is true as I lived it verbatim.
      Again,I know this sounds funny now as an adult but its shattering at such a young pre-teen age.

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    3. You're not alone, my friend. I'm sorry you had to experience that. However, I'm very grateful that by God's grace you didn't doubt or disavow the Faith.

      God bless,

      ---Introibo

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    4. They make medication for guys like you anonymous @ 6:04 AM. Seriously, you are suffering from post traumatic santa disorder and need counseling and meds. Yes that wicked red devil damaged your childhood and your parents should be imprisoned for it. Introbio can join your support group and you guys can hug it out together.

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    5. I published the above comment to show that there is no reasoned opposition to the arguments presented. Uncharitable, boorish sarcasm--ad hominem attack is all they have to offer. They make fun of others pain and in some cases, loss of faith.

      At least we can take solace in the fact that we have medication for our alleged condition. At the risk of sounding uncharitable myself, I hope the commenter above realizes that there is no known cure for stupidity.

      ---Introibo


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    6. Its cool I understand no problem.
      Whoever made that comment didn't read what I typed.
      I love my folks and don't blame anyone for anything.
      I was showing others that what you stated in your article actually happened to me.
      I just returned to the Catholic faith 5 years ago.
      Massive lies during childhood damage children in unseen ways.

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    7. He didn't understand the fact that lying to children about a "God-surrogate" can have harmful effects on children. He chose to use ad hominem attacks to defeat a straw man of his own making. I'm glad God showed you back to His One True Church, my friend!

      ---Introibo

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    8. Thank you Brother.
      His sarcasm would be funny if the subject matter weren't so heretical & idolatrous.

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  7. Children do take these things very seriously. I had a fist fight with my best pal on our way home from the bioscope one Saturday afternoon. He told me that his aunt, a nurse, said babies came out of the mother after the parents had sex. What rubbish! I told him. My mother says the stork brings babies! No, it doesn't said he. What! You calling my mother a liar? said I and the fists started flying. Well, I ended up an obstetrician and must admit his aunt was correct. :)

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    1. LOL! Very funny story with a great moral. Thanks for sharing Dr. Lamb!

      ---Introibo

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  8. No hard feelings to anyone terrorized by their parents for the Santa myth. Maybe Introibo could represent a bunch of us in a class action law suit against our parents for childhood damages? How about it Introibo?

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    1. It would be quite lucrative. You would be seeking compensatory and punitive damages; there's no "childhood damages."

      Unfortunately for us lawyers, the US added an addendum to any lawsuits commenced in Federal Court which prevents us from suing Kris Kringle. It's called "The Santa Clause." So I'm afraid you'll just have to accept it and try to be true to your inner Elf!

      ---Introibo

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    2. Pretty funny Intro!

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    3. People love materialism and living by the code
      "Do what thou wilt"
      No wonder people think this article is funny!Mocking Jesus Christ especially on his birthday (holy day of obligation)brings these people exuberant joy.
      Why do you all sedevacantism is laughed at just as much?
      Atheist occult Protestant America loves anything that mocks & replaces Jesus Christ (the truth) with a LIE.
      Good article if people keep laughing its a sign you're doing something correct!

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    4. Thank you for the kind words! God Bless!

      ---Introibo

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    5. Sorry Introibo you write some good articles but this one wasn't one of them. I can't resist ripping you for this one. I hope you take it well.

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    6. "You can't please everyone." This is a truism, and to be honest, I'm not seeking to please people, but God. I try to write clearly and concisely on topics wherein I expose the V2 sect, instruct in the Faith, and/or warn of dangers. I'm not some infallible guide, nor have I ever claimed to be such.

      If you respectfully disagree with me, so be it. As long as you are charitable, we can agree to disagree agreeably.

      ---Introibo

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  9. Isn't the Christmas calculated from the birth of St. John the Baptist? This would put Christmas in late December.

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    1. There are many theories. In light of what a commenter wrote above about the opinion of the Great theologian Dom Gueranger, I'm studying the issue further and re-evaluating my opinion. Luckily, no matter who is correct, the exact date of Our Lord's birth is not a matter of faith that must be believed.

      God bless,

      ---Introibo

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  10. What's your next post about Introibo? I'd like to suggest a topic if you don't already have one. How about the Tooth Fairy and those lying wicked parents from hell who sneak a few bucks under their children's pillows after they lose a tooth?

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  11. The Tooth Fairy is not a God-surrogate like Santa, but children should not be told lies.
    The problem is a matter of TRUTH DECAY.

    I seem to have "struck a nerve," so perhaps you suffer from that affliction! If any parent wants to expose kids to fairies, just take them to the local Vatican II seminary.

    ---Introibo

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