An Un-Christmas Post

When I was about 10 years old growing back home in Pinas, I always wondered how Santa Claus managed to sneak into our home on Christmas Eve to deliver my wish list. Santa was spot on too. He never erred in providing the stuff we eyeballed at our window shopping trip at the nearby city a week or two before Christmas Day. Being the curious cat I spied on my aunt who I discovered was tasked to procure the gifts that me and my siblings wanted. No wonder why she always seemed to know what Santa can and can’t give πŸ˜‰ One day I revealed to my siblings what I felt, that Santa wasn’t real and our parents were the real Santa. Despite being the eldest, I didn’t gain any converts. When we all woke up that Christmas Day, all my siblings had their gifts by the tree delivered by Santa. Mine was nowhere to be found. Sensing that I was about to cry, my auntie told me to look around the house as Santa might have misplaced my presents. Alas, I found my presents in the kitchen area, near the garbage bin. My parents warned me that Santa was upset with me because I questioned his existence and if I continued to disbelieve he may not come the next year. Heck, I was interested in the presents more than anything so I shut my mouth.

Last week my daughter told her friend, ” since Santa never gave you an American Girl doll maybe you can leave your wish letter at our Christmas tree. You see Santa gave me one two years ago.” I interjected – ” Not quite girl. Santa only gives the gifts directly to the requester’s home not elsewhere. That is Santa’s golden rule.” πŸ˜‰ But come to think of it, with the proliferation of the internet nowadays, googling ” is Santa real ? ” could just be a few keystrokes away isn’t it ? I tried and found a slew of fuzzy answers ranging from no, yes, well it depends, maybe but, and what not. Unless young kids venture into the more complex encyclopedic websites , which could be way beyond their league in terms of comprehension, answers.com doesn’t seem capable of giving a definitive answer.

Is it immoral for us to withhold the truth from our children ? Is it ok for us to deceive them for the first decade of their life and allow them to discover the truth themselves ? Or are we hurting them if we reveal the truth, robbing them of the fun that the world of fantasy and make believe brings to children?Β Here’s one answer that delves into the philosophy of epistemology ( investigates the nature, origin and methods of human knowledge) which could subdue and dispel that harrowing thought of immoral deception. It sounds Β syncretic but some folks could find comfort in it. To quote the author’s conclusion ” Epistemologically, then, I think Santa Claus is real. But real in the pragmatic sense, as a practice, rather than as an ontological category. Santa is a way of giving rather than a jolly old elf. Santa is participation in the Spirit of Christmas. So in that sense, Santa is very real indeed “

CHRISTMAS… PIZZAS AND CHEETOS

In a pluralistic, multicultural society where I live, not everybody celebrates Christmas but by and large, people respect the spirit and gaiety of the season because it brings about harmony and peace. Some don’t care about the revelry but like the idea of the prolonged time out from work and find themselves having not much to do during the holidays. A radio talk show asked a woman who called in to the program the day after Christmas. “Merry Christmas and thanks for calling. So did you have fun on Christmas ? The woman replied “ Yeah we had fun. We rented movies and ordered pizza.” I guess people have intrinsically different opinions of what Christmas fun is πŸ˜‰ Boredom could be dangerous and TV and movies are our natural outlets. One man told his doctor after new year’s complaining why his penis turned orange in color. The preplexed doctor asked ” strange indeed. What have you been doing different the last weeks and what kind of food, drinks have you taken , drugs if any ?” The man replied ” not much doc. I just made a habit of watching porn on TV all night long and snacking on Cheetos” πŸ˜†

CHRISTMAS CONSUMERISM

Are you fed up with the consumerism and materialism that gradually but surely devours the spirit of Christmas over the years ? Not only that, are you likewise incensed by the number of new electronic gadgets that spring out every now and then, rendering your version as obsolete and cutting its value by half of it’s original price ? In all probability every electronic device we buy this Christmas would be less faster, less bigger, less sophisticated by next Christmas and a dinosaur the year after.

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32 Responses

  1. BW,

    Maligayang Pasko !

  2. Santa only gave me presents when I was in kinder. by the time I was in primary school, Santa stopped coming on Xmas Day πŸ™‚

    hahaha…. the video is hilarious !

    Merry Christmas to you BW. Don’t drink and drive.

    • Perhaps you knew about St. Nick a little too early πŸ˜‰

      Merry Xmas to you…. nope, the party was at my house so I drank πŸ™‚

  3. LOL on the Cheetos joke. It is absolutely hilarious ! The video made me crack up too.. I swear it is so damn funny man

    What a way to end the year with a post BW. Never mind the deception as long as we all have a good time πŸ™‚

  4. i also wondered about the same thing! i thought may sa magnanakaw siguro si santa. πŸ˜† ako ang may kasalanan why my youngest sister discovered santa was not from north pole. nilagyan ko ng saging ang socks niya with her santa stuff. hihi. ang cute ng anak mo, matalino siya in fairness πŸ˜€ merry christmas bw!

  5. merry christmas BW and happy new year… nalagay mo sa blog ko 2010 imbes 2012… he he he πŸ˜›

  6. My little one believes in Santa, but she also knows where her gifts comes from. ; )

    LOL!! at least Sony was f**king honest enough not to BS consumers how wonderful their latest piece of crap! >: D

    Happy Holidays to you and your love ones, bw!

    • I think my daughter also knows. She has friends who are not of the Christian faith so they don’t celebrate Santa. Problem now is these kids are kinda envious that my daughter gets the “free gifts” from Santa πŸ˜‰

      The video is a parody done by pros.. Sony might sue them ! IMO Samsung had surpassed Sony as king. All my SONY TVs and beta VCRs died prematurely so I have an opinion 😦 In the meantime Samsung and LG keep on coming up with leading edge technology – even Panasonic.

      Happy Holidays to you too. Hope you had a fun celebration with fellow Pinoys at the sandbox !

  7. Merry Xmas bro – Greetings from the Philippines! I did hang once several socks below the window panel of our old house in the province when I was younger (say a primary schooler). I pretended that Santa is really a cool guy and will have time to put something in my socks! But I knew the real Santa was. Anyway, your post also reminded me of my odd seasonal job as mail sorter in UK Royal Mail office that alot of envelopes addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole!

    • I think we as a society tolerate the myth of Santa, with the post office accepting ans even replying to mails written by tots – even here πŸ˜‰ We don’t have to strangle Santa believing he is evil like some people think πŸ™‚ Hey, Merry Xmas to you too… I’m sure you are enjoying the pasko back home.

      • Yes I did enjoy my first Xmas after 5 years living abroad! Nice to see/feel again the festive spirit despite the chaotic environment of Metro Manila.

        • good for you… darn, it’s been more than a decade since I last spent Xmas in Pinas… that’s why I became a grinch… hehehe.. I no longer remember my inaanaks πŸ™‚

  8. happy new year.

    i feel lucky that santa never entered my consciousness until i was about 10 yrs old and by then i knew he couldn’t be real so i had no expectations. plus, we never really got gifts growing up, which on hindsight is really good for me.

    • same to you and all the best in 2012… Darn, this holiday just kept on tempting me to acquire things. 😯

      we may tell Santa to stop coming down the chimney next year. I think my little girl already knows the deal πŸ˜‰

  9. happy new year!

    not knowing the real santa was fun while it lasted. when i was a kid, everyday (i think starting simbang gabi), we would find something in our christmas socks πŸ™‚

    • Fun – that’s what it is all about, isn’t it πŸ™‚ I had a blast with Santa when I was a kid. Fun things that don’t last that long we always remember πŸ˜‰

      Happy New year to you too… all the best in 2012 .

  10. We have this book “How Santa Really Works” which is really a funny and interesting read. Although it’s fictional, it’s nice to pretend that he’s real and investigate how he can manage a factory of gifts hahaha. I never got a gift from ‘santa’, ever, even as a kid. From the start, my elders explained to us that ‘santa’ is actually the guy being paid by the barangay to dress like one during Christmas and the gifts he was distributing were from the kids’ parents. πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a happy Christmas and I wish you a more fruitful year!

    • Believe it or not I watched Arthur Christmas during the holidays. It was all about Santa’s high tech operation at the North Pole πŸ˜‰ I was with my daughter and a relative’s kid. My wife egged me to join for the sake of the kids. 2 hours was a bit excruciating for me. My wife saw me sleeping hehe πŸ™‚

      Hope you had a blast this New Years… wish you a bountiful 2012.

  11. a grew up hanging socks on christmas eve…we knew all along it was our parents putting something in those socks but it was fun anyway πŸ˜›

    happy new year

    • true. at some point you realize it was a game but was fun anyways so you let your kids experience the fun πŸ˜‰

      Happy New year to you too.

  12. hello, bw! happy new year to you, and to your family!

    laughed out loud (inside my office) about ”not much doc. I just made a habit of watching porn on TV all night long and snacking on Cheetos” reply!

    did not grow up to know Santa. heard about him but was busy (or not) probably about other things when i was little. i did not encourage my children to believe in fiction that they will discover later. glad that i didn’t, malamang nasita na ako ngayon ha ha

    • laughter is the best medicine they say πŸ˜‰ hope you didn’t play the video out loud ! Santa ir not, methinks my little girl is happy coz she gets her gifts one way or the other πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year to you and your loved ones too..

  13. I don’t know how Santa goes to our houses in the Philippines when we don’t have chimneys. And it’s so hot there… how does he go around in his red winter suit? And maybe he should have a kalesa instead of a sleigh. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year BW!!!! πŸ™‚

    • LOL… and we are playing let is snow, let it snow on the stereo πŸ™‚ It was fun while it lasted for sure πŸ˜‰

      Happy New Year to you too.. All the best in 2012 !

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