Jin mentioned on Sunday how he heard on a radio program how an Atheist caller commented that even though he didn't believe in a God he still thought the story of Jesus was the best story out of all the "Christmas" narratives available. This was an interesting thought...let's do some deconstruction and see if we agree.
Santa Claus: "good" children will receive their toys on Christmas if you write Santa a letter to tell him what you want. 1. Sucks for all you kids ranked under the column titled "eh just average" 2. Sucks for all you ADULTS. 3. Sucks if you're homeless 4. Sucks if you can't afford the growing cost of postage
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer: a bullied and emotionally abused animal will only find acceptance among peers not by the quality of his character and integrity but solely by proving to be useful to them in a time of need. Yea, that makes for a lasting friendship.
Frosty the Snowman: a group of children magically make a snowman come to life by the power of a silk hat only to watch him slowly commit suicide by exerting extreme physical activity all the while knowing he would melt to his watery death...all in full view of the children. "Don't you cry."
Baby Jesus: peace and goodwill for all mankind declared at his birth.