And While We’re on the Topic…
He’s making a list, checking it twice.
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.
~lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“
Poppyseed: You know, if I were Christian, I wouldn’t be getting any Christmas gifts either.
FrumeSarah, choking down a bite of lunch: And why is that?
Poppyseed: Because sometimes I am naughty.
Before I discovered that Santa Claus wasn’t real (and by real, I mean that the presents attributed to Santa are typically from one’s parents), this notion really bothered me. On several levels. All people have the capacity for both “naughty” AND “nice.” In Judaism, we call these inclinations the Yetzer HaRa and the Yetzer Tov. So while we are intrinsically good, we sometimes do things that aren’t. The idea that gifts are given only to those who are good was upsetting to me as a child. What about those kids whose parents couldn’t afford toys? Would they then understand themselves to be naughty and, therefore, undeserving of Christmas gifts?
He sees you when you’re sleeping,
he knows when you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
so be good for goodness sake!
~lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
He sees you when you are sleeping? Was I the only one who found this creepy?