Before you get your panties in a bunch, let me start by saying I trully enjoy the Christmas Holiday season. The reason I enjoy it, has more to do with my found family memories of this time of the year and my wanting to recreate that for my children, god children and other friends and relatives. As humanity becomes more and more programmed by the latest gadgets or technology its easy to see the puppet show that these holidays are and have become. Holidays have become more about the bottom line then peace around the world! With that said, read this article written by Jerrico Usher.
The Truth about Christmas and the Real Christmas Theme
I see Christmas as a commercial holiday in fact Christmas as we know it right now was propagated by the Coca Cola company, and the theme of turkey and "feasting" was actually started as a way to get the poor people in town to stop knocking on the wealthy's door asking them to come into the house to warm up.
A wealthy guy decided that he would try something new, be a bit of a philanthropist and resolve the irritating problem at the same time. To put the problem into perspective it is akin to the beggars on the street approaching you at stop lights spraying dirty water on your windshield then asking you to give them money, or worse being bombarded at the shopping centers on your way to your car where the mother sends her cutest youngest kid to panhandle to pull on your heart strings instead of manning up and getting a job to support her young.
I'm not trying to mock the holiday but this is the real deal like it or not. Knowing this you can actually think for yourself.
The rich guy who wanted to stop the poor from showing up in the winter to beg for food decided to give these poor families a turkey, turkey was cheap and could feed an entire family for a week actually, so it was the optimal choice. The deal was if the poor families would stay home on the 25th of December he would have a turkey delivered to their home. If they were not home they missed out.
For years this guy delivered the turkeys and a guy by the name of Chris cringle one of the delivery guys (to put him into perspective he was like the publisher clearing house prize patrol, the delivery guy of the "check" or rather turkey, only to win you just had to be home), decided to bring a spirit to the delivery, much like the PCH prize patrol does with the balloons’ and the big check.
He delivered the turkeys in a sleigh, although the sleigh was pulled by horses not reindeer, he had decorated the sleigh with bells to alert people that the "turkey" was coming, (no pun intended).
He would also dress up a bit but not like we see Santa these days. It was very cold below zero and this was in New York so of course they wore the snug fir coats and such.