Dick Summer Connection

I expect the Christmas cards have all been sent, including the ones you sent to people you scratched from last years list, but they sent you a card this year, so you sent one back…quickly. There’s lots of Christmas in today’s podcast. Stuff like this:

Christmas can be lots of things…including funny. Here’s a note from Proud Podcast Person Jim King. He says, “Santa’s primary language is North Polish. And he goes swimming in the north pool. If Santa rode a motorcycle it would be a Holly Davidson. His favorite breakfast cereal is Frosted Flakes. And He and Mrs. Claus get around on an icicle built for two.” With comments like those, Jim should expect another stocking full of coal again this year. Proud Podcast Person Pastor Mike had an insight that’s worth remembering. He said, “I think the problem religious people have with secular people over Christmas is that they don’t realize there are really 2 different celebrations going on at the same time. There’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus and the joys and miracles of that wondrous night, but unfortunately, over the years the story became ritualized, and made solemn: and it became a believe it or not scenario. The wonder, the joy, the significance of the gift we’d been given were lost. And people missed that. So they found other ways of expressing the joy the ritual had taken away in Christmas trees, and Santa, and Rudolph, and Frosty…and most of all in giving gifts to honor the Greatest Gift of all. Religious people hated this. ‘They’re not real’ they said. No, they’re not. But the truths they represent are very real. The generosity of Santa. The loyalty and courage of Rudolph. The magic and happiness of Frosty…those things are real. And we should bless them.” Pastor Mike was my kind of Pastor. I understand he went west a short time ago. I think St. Peter will host at least two different kind of celebrations.

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