I hear that teachers at grade schools are encouraging well-to-do parents not to tell their children that Santa is the one who gave them their expensive Christmas gifts. The teachers are advising this to prevent hurt feelings with less affluent children in the classroom who will not be finding similar expensive gifts from “Santa” under their Christmas tree.
“Make the small, inexpensive gifts from Santa, and the expensive gifts from Mom and Dad,” the teachers are encouraging.
And that brought this to mind…
Why does every middle class and rich child in the United States receive multiple gifts from Santa at Christmas, but Santa never leaves any Christmas gifts for poor children living in dumps and other areas of terrible squalor in Third World countries? And why does Jesus seem to answer the prayers of children in affluent western countries at a much, much higher rate than he does the prayers of poor children in the Third World?
Prayer of affluent American child pictured above: