Monday, December 10, 2012
Santa vs. St. Nick
My husband is on Santa's side. Santa is full of fun and magic, toys and good cheer. Everybody knows and loves him, argues my husband. And besides, maybe this year our threats of coal in the stockings will actually result in better behavior from the kids, he hopes.
In my opinion, St. Nick is way cooler. Most importantly, he actually existed as a bishop from the 4th century. When he gave gold coins to poor families, he saved their daughters from being sold into slavery and provided them with enough money for a dowry. Definitely, a pro-marriage guy. But all this history makes my husband start to yawn.
It could be that Santa and St. Nick aren't so different after all. Even though one wears a bishop's mitre and the other wears a fuzzy red hat, they can both inspire a spirit of generosity and giving. If the children learn that lesson, then I guess my husband and I both win.