Rays of Son, week of Dec. 4, 2016

Fed Up with Santa, One Man

Creates Tuxedo Shepherd Character

 By Greg Miller © 2016

“Santa gets too much publicity,” Roy told Roberta, his wife. “I’m putting a stop to it.”

“I know you enjoy being controversial,” said Roberta. “But Santa is so famous. How do you plan to compete with him?”

“I’m going to put him in his place!” Roy promised. “I’m going to develop a seasonal character who is so charismatic that many people will simply forget about Santa!”

“How do you plan to accomplish that goal?” asked Roberta.

“Tuxedo Shepherd! I’m going to become Tuxedo Shepherd, a wealthy business man who is transformed into a Christmas super hero. Like Santa, Tuxedo Shepherd will circle the globe delivering Christmas gifts.”

Tuxedo Shepherd, Roy explained, would also make some special stops to read the Christmas story from Luke, chapter 2. Here’s part of the story … “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. …”

Tuxedo Shepherd’s sleigh was powered solely by the driver’s thoughts. Two days before Christmas, Roy slept for 24 straight hours to prepare for the trip.

Tuxedo Shepherd was committed to sharing the news of Jesus’ birth. “That’s the primary purpose of the character,” said Roy.

Roy’s inaugural trip around the world was his only trip as Tuxedo Shepherd. “This trip is too tiring for one person,” Roy told Roberta. “I’m going to hire thousands of assistant Tuxedo Shepherds to deliver gifts in their neighborhoods and share the story of Jesus’ birth.”

The local newspaper had learned about Tuxedo Shepherd. A reporter asked Roy about the aspect of the character that differed the most from Santa’s. “Santa always goes down the chimney,” Roy smiled. “I don’t want to ruin a good tuxedo every year, so I just walk through the front door!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com or ministry4jesus@yahoo.com.

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