I mean, they say that Santa Claus is really Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. But Santa Claus doesn't seem to have anything to do with Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (in Turkey) during the 300's. Santa Claus is a nice fellow and all that, but I've never once seen him go to church, much less perform Bishop duties like ordain priests. Plus, bishops only wear red on Pentecost and the memorial of martyrs. Santa wears red all year long.
And it's not just Santa Claus. Saint Patrick's Day and Saint Valentine's Day, as they're celebrated here in America, have pretty much nothing to do with Saints Patrick and Valentine. In fact, Saint Patrick would be extremely upset if he saw some of the things people did to "celebrate" his entry into heaven.
Oh, man, and don't get me started about Halloween.
Anyway, I just thought that it's weird that people still celebrate religious holidays, even when they take out the religious elements and replace it with something totally ridiculous, like consumerism or Easter baskets. I like candy, but it has nothing to do with the death of Jesus Christ. You'd think people would make up their own holidays and traditions, rather than keep the same holidays but completely change the traditions.
And here are some fun facts:
- The "twelve days of Christmas" mark the twelve days from Christmas (December 25) to the Feast of the Epiphany (January 5). I don't know why everyone mistakenly says that the twelve days of Christmas are the days that lead up to Christmas, but I think I'm going to blame the song, because it's long and annoying.
- In ancient times, the Roman calendar was fifteen years behind the Greek calendar. So when the Greeks were in the year 650, the Romans were in the year 635. Neither calendar is still in use today.
- This year, people were arguing about when Christmas season starts, because everyone started doing Christmas things ridiculously early, for instance, in September. For the record, there is an official starting date that the church sets, which is always on a Sunday after Thanksgiving.