Recently a TV programme ran a competition for children to design a Christmas card. A lot of the entries, and certainly all the winners on the section that I was watching, were of Father Christmas. Then, asked what they liked about Christmas, the children’s replies were almost unanimously, “I like Santa because he brings us lots of presents”. Oh dear, why do children not realise the meaning of Christmas, was my reaction.
God gave us the best present of all. Do they not realise this.
But then – a jolly, round faced, rotund grandfather figure with red cheeks and bristles, who gave us gifts. Maybe children are more preceptive than I thought.