Redeeming Santa Claus

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Santa Claus, is known by many names: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply "Santa". He is a figure that has been influenced by legend, myth, folklore and most importantly for our purposes today. He wears red, is pulled around on a sleigh by a bunch of reindeer and delivers presents to good children on the 24th of December.
The purpose of my post is not to argue about whether or not to teach kids about the full on mythical father Christmas; personally I think it is a bad idea to go along with our culture on this; my friend Clint Archer does a good job of dealing with this issue, click here to read it.
What I hope to do in this article is see if there is anything about Father Christmas that can be redeemed. Now before you think my optimistic amillenialism has got the best of me, please read on.
The portly, joyous, white-bearded, bespectacled, red coat wearing, black leather belt displaying man who carries gifts for children in a huge bad really became popular in the USA and Canda in the 19th century . Thanks to the American media machine this image has been maintained and promulgated in song, radio, TV, children’s books and films. This image was further entrenched in the 20th century, especially with big corporations like Coka-Cola taking Santa on board their advertising .
If we move back a few generations, some people say that the affinity Santa has for chimney comes from the pre-Christian era of Northern Europe. It is said to be believed by the Norse that

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