It’s the holidays, so I decided we should have a holiday post!

Look at the history of Christmas and you will see a myriad of ideas and thoughts about who and what Santa Clause is. There was a little elf who brought toys to people. There was also a traveler who gave sticks and coal to everyone….pretty neat present for those that relied on these things for heat and cooking. Then there is the saint who gave to children selflessly.  There are tons of stories on who Santa was and where “he” came from.

So around the 1800’s the Santa brought needed items and was part of nature, so he was green.

Then he dawned the red coat and began giving out presents such as coal and sticks and something for the kids…somethign they didn’t have.

Then in 1823 a young gentleman named Clarence C. Moore sat down and wrote a poem called “A visit from St. Nicholas”. It was published in The New York Sentinel and  everyone read it and passed it on. By the 1860’s, it was being published in newspapers all over the nation with the title: “Twas the night before Christmas.” This poem gave us a vision of Santa Clause closer to our current view of him. But, he was a little elf, and he had “tiny reindeer”, he also smoked a long pipe.

Flash forward to the 1940’s. The Clarence C. Moore Santa was pretty popular and accepted. Coca Cola needed to boost their sales and asked new artist Haddon Sundblom to come up with something for Christmas. he looked at the Harpers Weekly Santas that were inspired by the poem, but decided to change it radically. This picture of Santa Clause is the picture we know and love.

We have changed the view of a cultural holiday icon…we can change the view of violence in our world.

We have reinvented what Santa looks like…we can change what relationships are suppose to look like.

We have changed what Christmas looks like…we can change how people act toward each other.

We have the ability to change, let’s opt for changing this world to a better place….a happier place…a less violent place…and place we’re happy to hand over to our children.