Besides the religious significance of the holiday to many people, the whole Santa Clause thing is rather frightening.
- You're being stalked. Face it, Santa knows when you've been sleeping, knows when you're awake, knows if you've been bad or good ... How does he know that unless he's stalking you?
- Your home is invaded as you sleep. How else could Santa get those toys into your house unless he breaks in? The chimney's not exactly a 'normal' mode of entry for most people. And what about those of us without chimnies? That question leads us to ...
- You have some sort of supernatural creature coming into your home. Honestly; have you seen the insides of chimnies? They're too small for someone of Santa's legendary girth to squeeze through. And if you don't have a chimney, how does he slither into your house through locked doors and windows?
- He sneaks in when you're not looking. One of the scariest things I can think of is having someone in your house and you aren't aware of their presence. Santa gets in and out while you're home without your ever noticing. You just see the aftermath.
- There are consequences if you don't follow his rules. If you screw up and end up on the naughty list, Santa is very disappointed in you. No goodies for you, this year.
Maybe the eerie aspects of Christmas are what makes it so special. Even the religious aspects of the holiday are rather scarey: mysterious stars appearing suddenly in the sky; voices and visions of supernatural beings appearing in the dead of night to shepherds out in the fields at night.
All in all, the mysteries of Christmas make it the most intriguing of all holidays. There is the anticipation of what's in those wrapped packages; family and loved ones gathering; feasts--I wouldn't trade celebrating the holiday with anything else.
Here's hoping everyone has a good holiday season whatever your religion, creed or beliefs, or even lack of any of the aforementioned.