Rev. Dwight Longenecker: Santa is an Anagram of Satan. True, But the History of St. Nicholas is Divine.

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Let’s not forget St. Nicholas and the true spirit of Christmas that St. Nicholas symbolizes.

Rev. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream, December 22, 2021

Dwight Longenecker is a Catholic priest working in South Carolina. His new book is Immortal Combat: Confronting the Heart of Darkness.

I once heard a preacher get down on jolly old St. Nick. He was inveighing against America’s icon of mid-winter materialism calling him a “fat pagan elf” who had no place in a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. He was serious when he pointed out that the very name “Santa” is an anagram of Satan.

Santa may be an anagram of Santa, but that’s not where the name Santa comes from. Instead the transformation of Saint Nicholas from a fourth century bishop from Turkey into the modern Santa Claus is a fascinating tale in its own right.  …

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