Claus, Christmas, and Christ
My “sappy” friend ED sent me the following comment on last week’s
installment on the Bread Miracles.
“Interesting, the statement that ‘Christ is ... first a great
energizing, mediating Principle in the Universe’. As it is the
Christmas season, I've had a couple brief talks with my son about Santa
Claus. He's older now, so he ‘doesn't believe’ in Santa Claus
any more. I gently suggest that Santa Claus may be more than the dude
who shimmies down the chimney, leaves presents, and eats the
cookies. He doesn't buy it, yet ... he may,
someday. I actually think Santa Claus may be more of an
energizing and meditating principle of the universe than Christ ... but
I'm sort of sappy that way, some would say.”
I responded thusly to Agnostic ED:
“Well, you're getting the idea. Santa Claus is a Christ figure. Just
like Jesus was.
“And, Hermes and Mithra and Rama.”
And now, I will try to expand on that premise.
• Santa Claus is an intermediary, a Messenger (akin to the planet
Mercury), an exponent of Love, a Benevolent figure from ancient times.
Those characteristics make him a lot like the Great Avatars of history,
Jesus Christ being the most recent.
• Saint Nicholas, the original Mr. Claus lived in the 3rd Century AD,
in Asia Minor. Nicholas of Myra worked his way up from Bishop of Myra,
Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonderworker, and Holy Hierarch before becoming
Interestingly, Nicholas performed his own Daily Bread sort of miracle.
Wikipedia tells it thus:
“The miracle of wheat multiplication: During a great famine that the
Bishop of Myra experienced, a ship was is in the port at anchor, which
was loaded with wheat for the Emperor in Byzantium. He invited the
sailors to unload a part of the wheat to help in time of need. The
sailors at first disliked the request, because the wheat had to be
weighed accurately and delivered to the Emperor. Only when Nicholas
promised them that they would not take any damage for their
consideration, the sailors agreed. When they arrived later in the
capital, they made a surprising find. The weight of the load had not
changed. The removed wheat in Myra was even enough for two full years
and could even be used for sowing.”
Nicholas also “had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting
coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.” Over the ages,
Saint Nicholas became bigger than life. A great symbol of sharing,
generosity, and goodwill.
• Human beings have trouble grasping those simple principles, let alone
trying to understand the vast Principles of Light, Love, Power, and
others which motivate the Universe. So, we have had to anthropomorphize
them into images like Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (used to be Father,
Mother, Son). As well as attract Avatars (google it) to embody them on
Earth from age to age. It has been 2000 years since the last, so we are
• For the scientifically oriented, these principles can also be viewed
as Great Energies, great but subtle beyond our imagining and
Between our material world and those Spiritual Principles stand such
lesser energies as vitality, sentience, thought, awareness, and being.
In Sanskrit - prana, kama, manas, buddhi, atma. These are not
attributes of the body. Rather the body and the material world are
effects of those energies and the Greater Ones. Like the 7 and 12 about
which we have been circling for the past few weeks.
• Santa Claus is certainly an energizing, mediating principle for many.
But, only because of the overshadowing principles which gave the Bishop
of Myra life, moved to him to acts of goodness, and open people’s
hearts to recognize his gifts. And, share their own.
The simple non-verbal message of Santa Claus bypasses the mind and
reaches so many who have no use for church or dogma. Santa Claus is an
outer manifestation and symbol of the truths that “God is Love,” that
this is a 2nd Ray (look it up) Solar System, and that the Christ
Principle is the Great Mediator.
Christmas is one of the few times when we pay some heed to the
Benevolence of the Universe in greater or lesser ways. You may want to
consider the derivation of the word Christmas, as it comes from Christ
Mass and has many implications.
Santa is part of them. He livens up the whole affair and makes it more
fun for young and old alike. A bit more enjoyable than kneeling in
prayer at a church service.
There are also some interesing similarities between the names Santa
Claus and Jesus Christ which one might ponder on.
Thanks for the note, MR. ED.