As you may remember, last month I appeared in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Plant City, FL. A truly incredible show – one of the best I’ve ever down.
Well, at the same time, I was also in rehearsals for a production of Miracle on 34th Street in Valrico, FL. I decided, rather than rush the “Santafication” process, which takes time to heal from, I would do it early this year. This resulted in me being a white haired and bearded King Herod for JCS.
The idea came to one of the cast members almost immediately. Tom Mitchell is a fan of the TV show South Park and remembered an episode of the TV show South Park that he says features an iconic image of Jesus and Santa Claus together.
So he asked, would I be willing to bring in my suit and do a quick photo shoot with the actor portraying Jesus in JCS.
Well…sure. Why not? And here’s the picture.
Once the picture was done, people started saying to Tom, “You should make that your Christmas card.” And sure enough, he made it his online Christmas greeting.
Which got me to thinking…
Why shouldn’t I do the same? So I did. Which you can see here:
It is a happy picture. It represents both the best of the secular, and the best of the real reason for the season – the One whose birthday we’re celebrating, Whose wisdom made such a difference in the world.
Of course, a lot has been done in His name that I might not agree with, but if you read His words… and follow what He really said, rather that what others SAY you should do in His name, you’d live what seems to me to be a pretty noble life.
I’ll talk another day why I play Santa Claus so often. Interesting story there.