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Caleb and Sophia at JW.org

"...In telling children Santa Claus is a real human, we are not engaging children’s imaginations. We are simply lying to them..." Awake! 1993 11/22 p. 3-4


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From a Watchtower video called 'Caleb and Sophia Visit Bethel'


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Wasn't there just a quote in here from a magazine that said that the GB didn't want to be treated like celebrities and when people ask to get pictures together with them it could be a form of idol worship? Because when you post things like this, it's not the rank and file's fault. You are promoting yourself as an idol. But I guess that's why they also made their monthly tv show.

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