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Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Society • Surprising Participant in Christmas Wars! and MORE—

You will not believe WHO is taking part in the debate about Santa Claus that some say is a good influence on children while others say he should be abolished and the whole focus on Christmas should be ONLY about Jesus. The atheists say that there should not be ANY Christmas observance, period! An unexpected visitor came by the studio to leave this message for the entire world which should settle the dispute once and for all. This was filmed by Tim Vaughn of Tim Vaughn Studios-Oakley, California.  Here is the link:  and MORE…

Beer Drinking Santa?

Columnist Jay R. Brooks whose column, “Brooks on Beer,” came up with a stein-full with the headline of his syndicated story, “Jolly old St. Nick a Patron Saint of Beer” (Contra Costa Times-12/8/10).  And there are some brewers who have Santa’s image on their label. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, who inspired the creation of Santa Claus.  Mr. Brooks’ story is all based on the notion that the Bishop, who later became a Saint, was ‘appointed’ The Patron Saint of Beer. He was also ‘appointed’ Patron Saint of 110 other groups,  including children, his best known title and one which he would approve.

Many brewers are trying to cash in on this idea in order to sell beer, which is a travesty. This writer cringes over a current commercial showing Santa pushing lottery tickets and another speaking out for Capitol One. Shame on these profiteers who try to destroy the image that is so dear to children all over the world. I think Santa should get in his sleigh and have Rudolph buzz the heads and offices of these promoters and advertisng agencies.

In other Santa News, the story just broke in the San Francisco Chronicle about the Macy’s Santa (assistant) in the Union Square store, who was fired after making off-color remarks while greeting people. When a grown couple came to take a picture on his lap, he asked them if they bad been good. They said, ‘Yes,”  to which he responded, “Oh that’s too bad.” He also said that the reason he was always so jolly was because, now get this, ‘he knows where all the NAUGHTY boys and girls are!’

Even though these unacceptable remarks by a Santa inpersonater was only to adults, it still is totally inappropiate that Santa would make such comments in any setting. I’m sure that all at the North Pole would be greatly offended by this stain on the character of Santa by one who is playing him. Macy’s is right to show him the door.

That’s kind of like Christians who call themselves such and then involve themselves in scandalous behavior, drink and use bad language, which is offensive to Jesus Himself. Don’t think for a moment that it isn’t. In any case, to one and all, we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!





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