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German priest starts anti-Santa campaign

A German Jesuit has started a campaign against Santa Claus, posting stickers proclaiming public places 'Santa-free' area.

Fr Eckhard Bieger of Frankfurt's told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper he was trying to show the difference between Saint Nicholas as a traditional figure and Santa Claus as a marketing tool.

According to German tradition, Saint Nicholas goes from house to house on the night of 5 December and puts sweets in the boots of children who have been good.

This tradition dates back to St Nicholas, who was the bishop of Myra in the fourth century.

5000 stickers have already been sold for just under $A1.


Minister says it's good to keep Christ in Christmas (2/12/02)
Message for Hanukkah (media release, Gary Hardgrave MP , Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs)
Don't take Christ out of Christmas: minister (The Age)
Religion takes a back seat in the sleigh ride that is Christmas consumerism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Restoring Santa's 'incarnation' (Episcopal Life)
St Nicholas Centre

4 Dec 2002