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I’m dreaming of a white “Sanna” (why do Americans miss out the ‘t’?!!!)

And Jesus was a white guy too……!!!!!!!

 

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Santa Cross

Just read about a Western businessman who went to Japan in the middle of the 19th century.

His hosts wanted to make him feel at home and knew he was of the Christian tradition.

He was surprised to see an effigy in the hall of Santa Claus nailed to a cross!

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Santa’s Wellies

I was a Probationer Assistant Minister (a bit like a curate) learning my “trade” in a housing estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh (1973-74)

Some of the kids in the primary school in the Parish could be a bit boisterous.  Near the beginning of my placement, I made the mistake of betraying the fact that I was (and still am) a Hearts supporter; the address to the School Assembly involved my unbuttoning my clerical shirt – to reveal a Heart of Midlothian t-shirt (I haven’t a clue what the point of this was – it was a long time ago); however, I do recall getting a “friendly word of advice” from the Minister in whose charge I was, following a complaint from the head- teacher.  Apparently – at break time –  there had been “exchanges” between wee Hearts supporters, and their bitter adversaries: those who supported the other Capital team, Hibernian (Hibs)

OK, my “card was marked” thereafter – I was a “Jambo”

My first Christmas – and I was invited by the Head-teacher, who had forgiven me for being a disruptive influence, to play Santa Claus at the kids’ end of term party.  I was to sneak into the school and go to the staff room to get changed into the Santa costume.

This was done, and my “appearance” at the party seemed to go down well.  After it, the children were let out into the playground, while I returned discretely to the Staff Room to change.

Five minutes or so, I left.  A couple of the young kids spotted me. “Hey, Minister, wur you Santy Claus?”

Another one joined them.  “Aye, ye wuz – see he’s wearin’ a pair o’ welly boots!”

Then a much younger laddie, “I dinnae ken if it’s yon man fae the church; am jist glad that Santy is a Jambo!”

 

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Jesus was a white man

 

Should Jesus be portrayed as a white man despite hailing from the Middle East? Should Santa always be depicted as white, despite being a fictional character based on a fourth century Greek Christian bishop?

Well, a commentator on US network Fox News has something to say on the matter.

The row was prompted by an article published on the US website the Slate, entitled: ‘Santa Claus Should Not Be A White Man Anymore’. The piece argues that from now on Santa should be depicted as – wait for it – a penguin.

It explains how the confusion caused by assigning an arbitrary race to a fictitious person could be overcome by making Santa into a cuddly bird.

Its author Aisha Harris states: “It’s time to hand over the reins to those deer and let the universally beloved waddling bird warm the hearts of children everywhere, regardless of the color of their skin.”

Responding to the story Megyn Kelly, a presenter on the right-wing Fox News network, set out to put children straight on the matter.

“When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, “Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa,” Kelly begins.

“And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids,” she adds.

A fellow contributor to the show Jedediah Bila defended Harris’ article, prompting another outburst from Kelly. “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” she said.

“You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that – but my point is: how do you revise it, in the middle of the legacy of the story, and change Santa from white to black?”

So, there you go. A ‘verifiable fact’, no less.

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December 13, 2013 · 11:14

WestJet Christmas

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December 11, 2013 · 11:25

Blackmail (a real oldie from the Meenister’s dusty files)

Little Johnnie desperately wanted a bright red toy truck for Christmas.

His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, but Johnnie decided to go one better.

“Dear Jesus,” he wrote. “If I get a red lorry for Christmas, I won’t fight with my brother Jimmy for a year.” Then Johnnie thought, Oh, no, Jimmy is such a brat, I could never, ever keep that promise. So Johnnie threw away the letter and started again.

“Dear Jesus, if I get a red truck for Christmas, I will eat all my vegetables for a year.” Then Johnnie thought, Oh, no, that means spinach, broccoli and cabbage. Yuck! I could never ever keep that promise.

Suddenly Johnnie had an idea. He went downstairs to the living room. From the mantelpiece, he grabbed the family’s statue of the Virgin Mary. Taking the statue to the kitchen he wrapped it in newspapers and stuffed it into a grocery bag. He took the bag upstairs to his room, opened the closet and placed the package in the farthest, darkest corner.

He then closed the closet door, took a new sheet of paper and wrote, “Dear Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again…”

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