Texas Teacher Tells First-Graders There Is No Santa
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
RICHARDSON, Texas — Guess what, kids? There’s no such thing as Santa Claus!
That’s what a suburban Dallas music teacher told first-graders on Monday — and the school’s been hearing from parents ever since.
The angry phone calls prompted the Richardson school district to issue a pro-Santa statement.
The district announced that the offending teacher had heard from Santa Claus himself — who assurred the teacher that “the spirit of the holidays is alive and well.” And Santa asked the teacher to pass that message along to students.
A district spokesman says the teacher won’t face any disciplinary action.
News flash (Spoiler Warning): Santa Claus is not real! I’m at least glad that the teacher wasn’t disciplined for telling the truth!
The Santa Claus legend has roots in history. Dr. James Parker (Professor of Christian Philosophy at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has done a good job of uncovering some of those historical roots in an article playfully titled: “Remythologizing St. Nick: The Search for the Historical Santa“. In this article he shows that jolly ole St. Nicholas was in fact a Bishop of Myra in Lycia (Turkey) who lived from A.D. 280 to A.D. 350. This year, how about giving your children the truth for Christmas? Then maybe they’ll believe you when you insist that Jesus Christ is really the Son of God!
Noel Piper’s explanation of why she and John didn’t emphasize Santa Claus to their children.
John MacArthur contrasts the message of Santa (“Be Good!”) with the gospel of Jesus Christ.