Today, November 30, is the Feast Day of St. Andrew, brother of Simon Peter. The ornament above, entitled "Young Santa," pairs nicely with this day and what Scripture tells us about St. Andrew.
If we stretch the understanding of what we mean by "Young Santa" to be more literal, i.e., the young "holy one", since "santa" translates to "holy", instead of the merely young Santa Claus, we can imagine that this fellow is very similar to St. Andrew.
Scripture tells us three things about St. Andrew. Firstly, he was Simon Peter's brother, as is already noted above. Secondly, it was he who told Simon Peter that he had found the Messiah and encouraged his brother to come and meet Jesus. (John 1:41) Thirdly, it was Andrew who told Jesus about the boy with the "five barley loaves and two fish" (John 6:9)
Clearly, St. Andrew did not just sit around, nor did he keep to himself. He was out and about, listening to John the Baptist, so that he recognized Jesus. At the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he had already gone into the crowd and found the young boy with his small amount of food. The reference to "barley" loaves shows us that the people gathered at the multiplication of the loaves and fishes were poor, as that type of bread was common to the poor of that time.
St. Andrew, like St. Nicholas after him, was a man of action. He got involved. He went and saw. He made inquiries and met people. In his case, it was this very "doing" that made him holy, made him 'santa.'
The young boy this ornament portrays is also a person of action. He knows there is work to be done, and he is not afraid to do it. His dog, well aware of the boy's tendency towards motion, is helping him get ready, assisting him in his preparations. May this ornament remind us to be like St. Andrew, not passive or anxious, not self-absorbed, but diligent, awake and ready to go.
This blog page is a slightly different type of Advent calendar. Using ornaments, Scripture and poetry for reflection, we journey through the 28 days of Advent 2022 to Christmas morning, and the Incarnation of Christ.