How do you picture God the Father? Is He stern? Is He overwhelming? Or do you think in more natural terms - a kind, loving Dad figure? All we can say for certain about God the Father is that He is all these things, and an infinity more. But, like a child trying to draw an image of her father, we have tried in many ways to put into visual form what is invisible. From Michangelo's Father painted on the Sistine Chapel to the creation of the Santa archetype, we seek to know our Father. We want to see the face of God, like Job, for therein lies our happiness.
-note on both/and - St. Nick and God teh Father
The 2012 Special Edition Father Christmas is robed in deep purple, edged in gold. Both of these colors signify the same thing: royalty. These are teh robes of a mighty king. In his hands, this Father Christmas holds a small golden Christmas tree and a beautiful snowflake. Both the snowflake and the tree are golden, as though they are an extension of the gold of glory in his robes. as God teh Father: God is the ultimate king and royal figure. His will is absolute and irresistible, which is why humans were given free will. The snowflake could represent his son, Jesus, as a Eucharistic symbol. It could also represent infinity, as we know that no two snowflakes are teh same. The golden tree could be a reference to tree in the Garden of Eden, as well as the Tree on Calvary. As St. Nick: every saint participates in teh glory of God. "Jesus became man so that we could become God." St. Nick carries the tree announcing the birth of Christ, the opening into the "family y tree of GOd", the Jesse tree. The golden snowflake, a symbol of teh Eucharistic Christ, he carries over his heart, as if it is the most precious thing in teh world to him.