Book Review: Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and Jesus

Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and JESUS.

David Vaughn Parry, Sr.

Illustrated by Christine Alt Parry

When I requested this book, I did not know exactly what I would receive in the way of material to review, but I was pleased.

The well put together collection of graphics contained in the cover art portrays four of the central characters in the book and four of America's greatest cultural "myths". The who thrust of the story is that there are only three myths and one true story.

The cover presents pictures of Santa Claus and the strap of his pack over his shoulder, a tooth being carried off somehow by a sort of spritely ephemerous spirit, a hare, and a photo portrait of Jesus looking quizical - asking me to discount the arguments against his story because they are not logical. Only the truth is logical and he is the truth, so he seems to be saying with his eyes,

Logic is the basis of this truth, a point of contact for the reader with the author. This is not dull, dusty logic of old men in power or of doubters and detractors, but one of high spirits, joy, and jubilation as well. There is a Good Spirit overall in this book, and not an imaginary one.

This is not Bible-thumping at all or a Bible tract that attacks the reader or brow beats him or her into guilt or terror, as a few of them do. This book is not guilt-bearing, scary, or highly emotional. It is plain good humor fun with a dose of facts as the author understands them. The text progresses through a logical course of culturally experienced belief and disillusionment in myths and legends such as Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy. However this is where the story takes a turn toward hope and presents to the reader that that the story of Jesus Christ does not have holes, pitfalls, or lies as are present and finally obvious in the the childhood myths that break hearts when they are found out as false.

In the 1980s, an Oklahoma minister that was healed of terminal diseases at age 17 solely by reading and believing the Bible healing passages wrote a document about faith. Reverend Kenneth Hagin wrote to answer questions put to him by the Faithful and by non-believers as well. They had asked it were right for children to be taught to believe in a mythical Santa Claus, then next, to be allowed to discover that he is false; but then, to be asked to believe in God.

Myths, Legends and Logic

Reverend Hagin wrote his answer from a viewpoint that, to him, was practical, common sense, and logical.

In his document, this Reverend Hagin held that children would likely not believe in an invisible Jesus, if they do not have some precedent to for such a faith in the unseen and his used Santa as an example in this case.

Reverend Hagin instructed adult readers that they might well let children believe, but also to explain clearly that the man called Santa Clauswas an icon or avatar - a representation of a larger spirit of Christmas. Children, he felt, could feel the Christmas spirit in the joy of the Christmas holiday season, in churchgoing during Christmas, and in receiving and giving presents; moreover, to help the less fortunate with gifts as well as sharing love among them and with their own families and friends.

Reverend Kenneth Hagin believed that this would prepare children for future faith in a larger Spirit; namely, the Holy Spirit. He seems to be saying that the icon of Santa Claus might be used as a representative of Christmas in a parallel of Jesus Christ as a represenative of God to mankind.

The author of this book, Mr. Vaughn Parry, teaches the reader that as disappointed as kids can be when they discover or are told that there is no Santa Claus, they can have as strong an opportunity available not to lose faith in a real Jesus Christ.

Mr. Parry offers several logical reasons for his instruction about the fourth and truest story among the four, as opposed to three myths that are associated with no such logic. The author uses a common sense, logical approach, as did Kenneth Hagin, but goes further with it.

Christmas toys and games often end up broken on the same day as they are received, but Mr. Parry reveals that the gift of Jesus is permanent and real. The legend of the Easter Bunny is a harder to maintain and his candy is consumed quickly and is gone; the Tooth Fairy is hard to support, what with light sleeping children and parents that forget or fall asleep.

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One out of Four

The author of this book presents evidence that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not a man of myths and legends, but of miracles and truths. Sometimes scientis and non-believers speculate to the contrary, but Vaughn Parry uses a logic that is hard to oppose.

His evidence is that the supposed myths of the four characters highlighted in his book look as though they begin in the same manner. However, only one of these "heroes" - the last - provides a happy ending that can be used for a basis of real faith for those who chose it.

Three out of four of these childhood legends presented in our culture dissolve into extras on a set of light created by the remaining hero. The hare and the phantom tooth-collecting sprite are reduced to lies that hurt children unnecessarily. In contrast, legend of Jesus cannot be positively disproved with full certainty or to a statistical significance.

The book uses hilarious illustrations by Christine Alt Parry that season the text with joy that clothes what Mr. Parry writes with personality and substance. I like the opne where wedding guests taste water that Jesus has turned into wine --It becomes a wine tasting event! One guest states, "The wine has grassy undertones..." Another offers, "I detect notes of seaweed, myself!"

Humor and Light

I did not expect at all what I witnessed as I turned to the last page of the book. On the final leaf was a drawing that caused me to laugh out loud and practically spray my beverage through my nose.

Topday, some time later, I keep hearing the song used in the cartoon in my head and cannot stop it: a Rick James melody with Christian lyrics. But I actually want to keep it there.

The language used in the writing of this story is very clear and understandable. There is a bit of mild scatological reference used to show the frustrations felt by detractors to the Jesus story where their logic does not quite hold up and they look for other evidence against him. However, the words are very mild and make the frustrations real to to the reader.

Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and JESUS is long enough to be interesting and short enough to keep the reader's attention. A single reading session can finish the book while it provides a new viewpoint from which to consider the story of Jesus, or to research it further.

This book is an offering in good humor, not a brow-beating demand. It is not at all pushy or preachy. Children, older youth, and adults of all ages can read it quickly and accept it or not, but will likely at least look into it further.

This fun book might even be a good present to slip into Easter baskets and Christmas stockings.

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Wehzo 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

Wonderful Hub Patty, I will be getting the book you outline in this hub. It sounds like this book is something I would enjoy reading.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I think you will like it a lot Whezo. I certainly like it.


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MortimerWorth 8 years ago from Germany

I know so many parents who struggle with this. I sometimes wonder if I did the right thing in allowing my children to believe in those "fairy tale creatures". It's so hard, because you want them to have that childlike wonder you remember, but you hate to wait years to break their heart as well. Guess I should check out the book.


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warrior4321 8 years ago from Canada

Looks like a good book! Thanks Patty


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks everyone. I will look for that article about Kenneth Hagin. If I find it I'll add it to the post.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Patty -

What a beautiful Hub and a delightful article. I too, think that I might enjoy reading this book. One of my three daughters has decided NOT to allow her children to believe in these mythical characters.

Her husband had an awful experience as a child, upon his discovery of Santa Claus being a fake. He too, has a concern about the ability to believe in Jesus Christ, if they, in a sense lie to their children.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Pyros 8 years ago

"...the pastor stated that children would likely not believe in Jesus, whom they cannot see, if they do not have some precedent to base that faith upon, in this case, Santa."

This is an extraoridanry statement. The sustainability of Christianity as a belief system is dependent upon other myths! So God needs Santa more than Santa needs God?


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Looks interesting Patty! I will check it out, next time I'm in the city.

wonderful HUB,

regards Zsuzsy


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peterson816 8 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for sharing


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Patti

you never fail us,

I still believe the children can have Santa Claus and the others.

Our childhood does not too long.

Our five sons did not get heart broken when they found it was not true for any

In fact Son two was still endeavouring to sit on Santa's week knees, when he was 20,21,22.

Like this hub.


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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit

Great hub Patty! I'll definitely be adding this one to my reading list.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

LdsNana-AskMormon - Thank you for the comment. The book may help.

Pyros - It is extraordinary is it not? To use Santa & spirit of Chirstmas to step toward faith. It was the pastor's experience and opinion. Does God need Santa? No. Does God send an angel that looks a little like Santa from time to time for those that would accept a message from such a being? Maybe. Is there a Spirit of Christmas? YES! - the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!

I like the way in which the film The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe showed Santa as a sort of suggestion of a harbinger for God. And well, Jehovah is at least a Santa to me! :) I believe it is easier to use Santa as a step toward faith in God than it is to use bunny or fairy. Santa gives gifts, God gives the gift of Salvation.

Zsusy, Peterson, Mr. Marmalade, CM Vanderlinden - Thanks for all your comments, If you readteh book, pleasepost your comments! :)

I never believed in Santa Claus as a child, becuase when I was 1 yewar old (i can even remember my 1st birthday 4 months before that), I saw the explanation of him on TV News. My parents then could never convince me there was a man, Santa. But my father sais he is the spirit of Christmas. I could accept that.

Patty


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William F. Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Interesting hub, Patty. I loved Santa and the "spirit" of Christmas as a child, but I took it hard when my older brothers told me "There is no Santa Claus." My immediate reaction: "Well, I guess that means there's no God, either!" It's a logical response. Nevertheless, I brought up my children believing in the merry old man.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Oh William, how SAD for you to have that experience! But it's exactly as you say - "No Santa? - Then no God!" I had many disillusionsments, so I am glad not to have had that one.

Peace,

Patty


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Great post, I didn't even know the book existed. I wanted to write a skit that had protesters outside a courthouse, frothing at the mouth they are screaming" we don't want your god shoved down our throat" and " stay out of our bedroom" then they would zoom in on one woman who looks like Geninie Garofalo who declares " we are tired of having the repressive symbols of christianity forced upon us and dictating how we live, we don't want the public square used for the porpuse of promoting your nonforgiving and cruel god!" then the camera would pan to a fuzzy bunny and some eggs in the grass....I know this has nothing to do with your book post, but I am a rebel....Thanks for the great review!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yep, fuzzy bunny and eggs are not real good. It would be very good irony; make the film.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Yes Patty... great technology! Perhaps you should write a Hub on it? I would love that.

I have always thought of Santa as a type for the Savior. Since the time my children were small, every Christmas, we pull out of the box a ceramic figure, of Santa kneeling over the Christ Child as He lay in His bed. It is precious, and calls us back to the true meaning of Christmas.

And, 'me too' - can not picture this same cameo, with either the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy.

I suppose this is because, Santa is real.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

LOL

When you wrote to 'Pyros', I immediately thought you were referring to PYROS... as in the technology, and NOT the person! How funny.

But, the picture you use, can be made using 'pyros'. Easy mistake.

I will go find Pyros, and get to know him a bit.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

LdsNana-AskMormon - LOL! :) May Blessings go with you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

funnebone - Did you see Jeanine Garafaolo in Mystery Men? that was a great film!


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Froggy213 8 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

just read your hub --excellent!!--many Christians would automatically assume the worst,but this actually supports Jesus Christ.

Again,good hub!


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Archbob 8 years ago

The debate is not whether Jesus existed, historic context shows plainly that he did around the time of birth of Christianity. The debate has always been did he resurrect from the dead. Christians such as myself, believe so. Others do not.

I'm not sure if putting him in with Santa and the easter bunny is a good idea.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you Froggy213 abnd ArchBob.

ArchBob- The point of this particular book actually is to state that there are three myths and one true story (Jesus) and the logic of the text proves the fourth truth. It is trying to say that some people believe Jesus is also a myth, but he is not and he is different from the other three.

In addition, secondarily, there is the possibility that a belief in the spirit of Christmas can pave the way to faith in God through a steop toward believing that there is a Holy Spirit. Santa-Claus-the-man-with-presents would never have worked for me, so you;re right there. But a spirit of Christmas with Santa as the icon of that which cannot be seen may work. Is that too subtle an approach, do you think, or a lie?


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belief713 8 years ago from NJ

My mom never told my brother or me that there was a Santa or Easter Bunny (she did tell me about the toothfairy though) for the exact reason that she didn't want us to then later on question our belief or trust in her or God. I can see where that might happen to some kids and I've always appreciated my moms honesty in that area. And, it has never affected my view on any of the seasons or holidays. In fact, I think it made them better because I was celebrating them for the real reason as opposed to some fairy tale one.

I am now doing the same thing with my son (and will do the same with the new baby that's on the way)....we also never have celebrated Halloween, but that's another topic! ;)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yes, I was better off without believing in a man called Santa.

We did not do Halloween because of the bother and expense, so I never got into it. My family of origin was not Christian and we were not allowed to talk about God or religions.

I was better off without Halloween too imo - too many money-making holisys. I like costume parties, though, if there are no devils and demons.


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ChristineRitter 8 years ago from Ohio

Very interesting!


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Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

I normally avoid religous hubs like the plague -but I read this one a) because I enjoy your writing and b) because the title reflects my experience - by 5 or 6 or 7 - I don't recall I was sure there was no santa Claus, tooth fairy or Easter Bunny obviously JC was in the same group - I grew up in a Chirstian family and I tried figuring out what was differnt about JC and the other 3 - I even asked the adults -they told me in the end I had to have faith. My mother had faith - but she died a horrible death of cancer when she was too young. I can't say Ilost a faith I never had - but watching my mother die and watching her, mainly Christian friends come and I saw the comfort their religon gave them and her. That's nice but I knew after her funeral I would never go to a church service again - Iwas wrong - I've been to a few more funerals since her's but unfortunately. So yes i fyou want to give your option go for it - but remember faith is personal and if you don't get you will never get - which includes fairies and Gods!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks ChristineRitter and thanks Lissie for your comments.

There was no religious faith in my childhood household - it was forbidden. It was a very negative exerience growing up there, because of some events related to lack of faith in the family and becuase of some events unrelated to it. However, God made Himself known to me, despite the household, when I was less than five years old, which I will not go into here. So I did not need a book at all. :)

I think we show in discussion that this book will work for some people and not for others, like many things. I hope that the people that can use it effectively will find out about it.

Thank you everyone!


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betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

This interest me a lot. Great information and very well written.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, betherickson. Glad you liked it.


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Freeway Flyer 6 years ago

Personally, I would lump in Jesus with the other myths, not implying that this faith is necessarily a bad thing. Christianity is just one of many sets of metaphors and stories to conceive of the ultimate reality (whatever or whoever the heck that is.)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for your comments FF. Peace and happiness to you.


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Anate 2 years ago

This book sounds very interesting. I personally grew up not believing in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or the Easter Bunny (which just seemed logically absurd to me). In response to the pastor that you quote, it seems to me at least that if you just started out teaching them about Christ, which my parents did, then you would not need Santa Claus. And the real question to me in regards to it all is whether or not it is morally okay to teach your kids something that is not true.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@Anate - You make good points, in my opinion, about starting out with Jesus Christ rather than Santa and I think that is important for Christian parents and their families.

While Santa is a legend, I like the way in which the C.S. Lewis film "Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe" presents Santa as a harbinger of Jesus Christ. I also like that, even though I had no faith upbringing as a child, my father said that Santa is the Spirit of Christmas. That was a spot of hope in a miserable life (lives) - his father refused to celebrate holidays or birthdays or God and so did my father, with the addition of threatening me with death ad infinitum. The religion of that side of the family, although they rarely attended church, stated that a few people are chosen at, or before, birth to go to Heaven and females are not them - and have no hope of salvation, etc. It was a gruesome childhood and I wish I had at least had Santa. God and Jesus were not to be mentioned in the house.

I never believed in Santa Claus and the other legends, but I was raised without faith and there was nothing in which to believe, because "people were no good" as well. It was all pretty close to hell.

It was a negative childhood. I first heard of Jesus in school in the first grade (kindergarten was not mandatory then), but did not have experiences that convinced me of His reality until I left home. I've seen some children wail and become depressed for quite a while when they have learned Santa Claus is a legend, and that is also bad. Not quite as bad as fear of death daily, without hope.


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Anate 2 years ago

That is true. That religious believe sounds horrible. I mean the denomination that I go to does believe in predestination, but it is disgusting to exclude a whole gender. And we also believe that there is no way to know who is predestined, and there is no reason to discourage people. I can understand preferring Santa Claus to that.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I just feel lucky and blessed to have survived! Thanks for all your comments!

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