A Serious Question

Image - Chicago Santa Claus 1902

DN-0001069, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

Is Santa Claus a religious figure? Why, or why not? If a religious figure, what is the religion?

[“It depends,” really – on what we mean by “religion.”]

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About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.
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