For Christmas last year, my sister and brother in law organized a
family trip to Sedona, AZ. What an amazing place. All of our
sightseeing destinations were spectacular. If you have not been
to this beautiful part of the country, I highly recommend it! The
only down side of the week was our day at the Grand Canyon.
Several had never seen it, and it had been a long time for the
rest of us. So off we went in two cars to view the majestic
canyon. In a blizzard. It was very…white. So much for that hot
idea, but we did get a good laugh about it later.
Anyway, back to Sedona. We decided one day to go see the famous
Church of the Holy Cross built by a Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956.
It's built into the red rock face of a cliff, is beautiful, and
welcomes people of all faiths and walks of life. The chapel
itself, with sweeping views of the breathtaking Sedona landscape,
is peaceful and serene. We lit a glowing candle at the front of
the chapel, and thought for a bit about people we loved.
Then we went downstairs to the gift shop.
It was packed. We wandered around the aisles, primarily in
separate directions, when I suddenly came upon a display that
froze me in my tracks. As you can see in the picture, and believe
me you had MANY choices in this matter, there was a special
display with shelves with ornaments and figurines of Santa,
kneeling reverently, at the birth of the baby Jesus.
Santa Kneels with Sweet Baby Jesus
Okay. I thought I was pretty clear regarding the personnel who
attended the Nativity: Mary, Joseph, sweet baby Jesus, some
livestock, various shepherds and a handful of wise men. Please
correct me if I've forgotten anyone. Question is, when did Santa
I won't lie. I burst into muffled laughter - only muffled
because I had my hands firmly clamped over my mouth. Then I
quickly found my kid, who was looking up patron saints in a
thick book on the counter. "Come over here," I said. " And get
your phone out. You are not going to believe this!"
Gratefully, he had a reaction identical to mine and snapped
copious shots with his camera phone. I believe they were on
Facebook by that night.
I mean no disrespect. I'm just confused! If anyone can enlighten
me as to when recent history has indicated the presence of Santa
at Christ's crèche, it's news to me! If it's symbolic, I just
don't get it.
This is not intended to be inflammatory - I simply will be
fascinated with whatever explanations I receive. This ought to
I have published this story in the past. In a discussion, my
readers wondered if Santa, having maintained his friendship
with Jesus, also made an appearance at the Last Supper. Whadaya