What God Can Learn from Santa, or How to Lose Belief But Keep the Gifts

Click below for the recorded version of my first PechaKucha night, at the Opalka Gallery, Albany, New York. PechaKucha is a presentation format with strict parameters: 20 slides, 20 seconds of narration for each. So if I seem to be speaking extra slowly or suspiciously quickly at certain points, that’s why.

Thank you, Jesse, for the musical assist. And thank you, Liz, for the original invitation.


  1. Wonderfully said — now I’m trying to picture “Santa” waging war against those who believe instead in his rival, the “Easter bunny” … A great exposition of the twinning of “God” and the “Jolly Old Elf,” and of the vital importance of allowing our children and ourselves to speak openly about what they (and we) believe — and know.

  2. Just yesterday while listening to carols on the radio I began thinking how much Santa Claus is Coming to Town actually resembles religious dogma Naturally my ears perked up when you began making your comments about “He knows if you’ve been bad or good.”

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