For many children around the world, the excitement of Christmas doesn’t only involve putting up the tree and knowing that many gifts are waiting to be opened, but it is also a time when Santa Claus is coming to town.
A Roman Catholic church in Sicily, Italy has had to apologise to parents after its bishop told a group of children that Santa Claus does not exist. According to BBC News, Bishop Antonio Stagliano also mentioned that Santa’s red costume was chosen by Coca-Cola for publicity.
Rev Alessandro Paolino, from the diocese of Noto, said the bishop tried to underline the true meaning of Christmas, but the comments have angered many parents.
“First of all, on behalf of the bishop, I express my sorrow for this declaration, which has created disappointment in the little ones, and want to specify that Monsignor Stagliano’s intentions were quite different,” Rev Paolino said in a post on the diocesan Facebook page.
More milk and cookies for us then! I guess Santa won’t be coming to town.