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Bad Santa: how we turned Saint Nicholas into a symbol of greed | Giles Fraser7 Dec 11:40am

Bad Santa: how we turned Saint Nicholas into a symbol of greed | Giles Fraser

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Materialism has swamped the real meaning of Advent, and transformed a fourth-century bishop into the grotesque patron saint of shopping centre grottoesThe very idea of a press release from the University of Oxford on the subject of Santa Claus tickled my imagination. “Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?” read the headline, with the contents embargoed until 6 December, the Christian feast day of Saint Nicholas, the saint upon whose name the Santa (imagine the “Ni” bit here) Claus stories were loosely built. It turns out that a
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