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The State of Santa Claus December 24, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in children, China, Christmas, family, global trade, Jesus Christ, news, offshoring, polls, religion, Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, science, secularism, survey, toys, United Nations, United States, Universal Postal Union.
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In a December 19 Newsmax article, Charles R. Smith reported Santa’s was on a return trip from China when his sleigh went down somewhere in the South China Sea. As reported by officials of both the Chinese government and the North Pole, one of several Chinese military escorts was blinded by Rudolph’s bright red nose when he temporarily lost control of his plane and accidentally fired a missile that collided with Santa’s sleigh.

“The Chinese pilot managed to eject safely and was picked up later by a Chinese navy patrol boat. Santa Claus, however, has not been found and whether he survived the collision is not known,” according to Smith.

Although no official report has been made about Santa’s rescue and return to the North Pole, various governments have spotted Santa and are tracking his travel.

Maybe that is the reason why AP, Zogby, and other pollsters have yet to conduct a survey about people’s beliefs or attitudes about Santa this season.

Last year, a AP-AOL poll found that 86% of those surveyed believed in Santa as a child, and more than 60 percent of those with children at home consider Santa important in their holiday celebrations.

ChristiaNet.com surveyed 2400 Christians about whether Santa Claus should be included in Christmas celebrations. Forty-five percent said they believed that Christians could celebrate Santa Claus during the holiday season. Forty-three percent of survey takers felt that it was not all right to celebrate the image of Santa at Christmas time. Others stated that, “We should be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ alone for the season, not the gifts that a fictitious character will bring to a child down a chimney!”

What do scientists tell us about the reality of Santa?

In 1990, Richard Waller wrote a skeptical article titled Is There a Santa Claus? Waller’s argument against the existence of Santa was based on mathematical calculations of the amount of travel time it would take to deliver gifts to 91.8 million homes. He also calculated the likely weight of all gifts for those homes. Waller concluded it was impossible.

Many scientists have opposed Waller since his 1990 article in Spy Magazine was first published. The latest and possibly the best refutation of Waller is by North Carolina State University’s professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dr. Larry Silverberg. Silverberg says Santa utilizes what he calls “Relativity clouds” or “rips in time,” which allows “him months to deliver presents while only a few minutes pass on Earth.” It is a principle of astrophysics explained in the book Wrinkles in Time by George Smoot and Keay Davidson. It is also the same folding of time idea employed in Madaline L’Engle’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time.

Refuting Waller’s weight argument, Silverberg says, “[E]ach house becomes Santa’s workshop as he utilizes a nano-toymaker to fabricate toys inside the children’s homes. The presents are grown on the spot, as the nano-toymaker creates – atom by atom – toys out of snow and soot, much like DNA can command the growth of organic material like tissues and body parts.”

Silverberg’s argument “rip in time” argument is plausible. His argument against the weight issue is not. If Santa used a nano-toymaker, why then was he traveling to the largest global toy making nation–China?

Further evidence for a real Santa is the overwhelming numbers of letters that have been pouring in from children around the world to the United Nation’s global postal service, according to a report by USA Today. Universal Postal Union (UPU) officials say they expect to handle around 20 million letters to Santa this year.

The UPU claims Finland as the real home of Santa Clause, but a paper put out by Earth Policy Institute suggests Santa is Chinese. This conclusion was based on the fact that almost all toys are made in China, not Finland or the North Pole.

The conclusion of Earth Policy Institute is based on faulty logic. Because Santa has been around for millenniums does not mean his methods of production and distribution are fossilized in the ancient past. Silverberg’s nano-taymaker hypothesis would be plausible if Santa’s toys where not labeled with “Made in China.” That label simply means Santa has contracted with China toy manufacturers and suppliers. After all, Santa helps nations and people to prosper wherever possible. When it comes to employing advanced technologies, supply and distribution systems, Wal-Mart or Toy-R-Us are minor contract players compared to the North Pole.

For leading industrial nations like the United States, there is a downside in the competition for contracts with Santa. Not only has American manufacturers lost most of their toy supply contracts to China, but they have lost their last clothing manufacturer as well. According to a report by Pittsburg Post Gazette, Halco, a Belle Vernon-based company that specialized in Santa’s suits, dresses for Mrs. Claus and outfits for elves, is the last American textile company in America. As the report title, Offshoring Santa, indicates, the trends in manufacturing are continuing to moving globally and into third world countries.

In spite of off-shoring most American manufacturing, the gross domestic product (GDP) continues to grow. The GDP is the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis figures, the total increase this year should be 9.5 percent.

Another positive trend is the population growth of Santa Claus, Indiana. German immigrants in the1840s settled the town. In 1967, Santa Claus was incorporated with just 37 citizens. Today, the population of Santa Claus has grown to over 2000, according to 2000 Census.

A related trend is the increasing number of cities named Santa Claus. These are cities commemorating the heritage of Christmas and Santa. Who knows Santa Claus may be the next growth industry.

A report on the state of Santa would not be complete without considering the career of Santa. According to the Saint Nicholas Center, Santa’s real name is Saint Nicholas. He was a third century Christian bishop in Turkey. Santa used his inherited wealth to help the needy, sick, the suffering. His gift giving, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships was well known throughout the land.

Since his death, many people around the world attribute many healings, miracle provisions, and deliverances of children to St. Nicholas. As a result, Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in many nations and places around the world.

The secular version of St. Nicholas Day is the Western version of Christmas. Santa Claus is the modern icon of the secular myth for the benefit of commerce. The secular myth may benefit families whose gift giving perhaps includes much quality time together, but too often that positive benefit is soon negated by the stress of more work away from home to pay off Christmas related debt.

However, the original religious heritage of Christmas is still symbolized by St. Nicholas. That is because a genuine Santa still exists. Like the prophet Elijah was resurrected in John the Baptist (Mt. 17:11-13), maybe old St. Nick has been resurrected in the genuine Santa Claus. Nevertheless, this year Santa toured America. Santa’s Bless the Children tour has been a continuing work to support and defend of the health and welfare of children. Santa does not just work on St. Nicolas (Christmas) Day, but he works year round for the cause of children.

The genuine Fr. Santa Claus is a Priest in the Apostles’ Anglican Church, Monk in the Order of the Anam Cara, and member of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician. He is and always will be a follower of the babe in manager, who brought into the world joy, peace, and hope to all who will believe.

Merry Christmas!

The Best Santa Tracking Sites:
NORAD
Travel By GPS
International, Space & Response Division of Los Almos National Laboratory

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Comments»

1. Eric - January 9, 2008

Eric

I\’m not sure I agree with you.

2. Santa Claus - April 19, 2008

Hi, Daniel:
Thank you for including me and Santa’s Bless the Children Tour in your piece about Santa Claus.
Please keep in your prayers the 2 million children in the U.S. who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized (that’s 1 out of every 37).
Blessings, Santa
http://www.TheSantaClausFoundation.org

3. Annie - October 30, 2008

Thank you for your very thought provoking article on Santa Claus. My childhood memories of Christmas include the intermixing of Santa Claus and the joy of Midnight Mass. Sure, as a child I may have been a bit confused by everything, but somehow through it all I have my love and faith in Jesus, and I do know that the joy of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ, my saviour. Do I believe any harm came from having Santa Claus as part of my childhood? No. In fact, I recently published an article that started off as a nostalgic account of my childhood Christmas memories, and turned into something quiet differet…a way to incorporate a little Santa Claus magic into our childrens lives. If you are curious, I think yo can click on my name, and it will link you to my article.

Have a very Merry Christmas! Annie

4. rachel paone-ramos - December 24, 2008

hi santa i cant wait until you come


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