is running today. It is entitled "Santa Claus and the Christmas Wars" and is running on the front page.
It is a analysis and defense of the Santa story and customs from a traditional, Christian perspective. Here are a few sentences :
What ought to be a time of meditative joy and happy celebration has become a time for combat. December, say scores of the faithful, is a time for war—the Christmas wars.
For many, Santa smacks of Satan or even the Antichrist. The semi-mystical, religious language associated with the man in the red suit scares off many committed Christians. The songs and stories sung about him attribute to him omniscience, the judgment of children’s behavior, and the free dispensing of gifts—all sung in the language of faith.
Christmas has never been a holiday strictly limited to the Church. It made its way into homes and towns through folktales and cultural rituals. It contrasted the cold exposure of winter with the warm solace of the family hearth. It is not a blessing to reduce Christmas only to Jesus, to a strictly religious observance, to a “church thing.”
Read the whole thing here.