I understand that talking about Santa may divide some Christian circles; however, I think it is necessary to understand where this mythical person came from and what it means for us as we celebrate Christmas.
I want to give credit to the context, history and some points of this blog to the book “The War on Christmas”. My hope is that you will see the true origin of Santa and be encouraged to focus on the real reason for this wonderful time of year.
I hope to shed some light on why we shouldn’t feel so obligated when it comes to Christmas.
Santa comes from Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra Rome in the 4th century. Nicholas was an extremely wealthy man who decided to bless others, especially the poor.
After his death, the Catholic Church recognized him as a saint (St. Nick). Scripture is clear that ALL believers in Jesus Christ are saints. (Eph. 2:19). Bishops wore red robes at that time.
The mythical Santa is found in a man who honored Christ with his life.
(1) Parents manipulate their children in behaving so they can receive what they want.
(2) Popular songs tell children to behave or they will not get what they want (naughty list).
(3) Christmas is commercialized to the point of extremely benefiting business and marketing.
(4) Christmas is more about people than Jesus.
(5) A letter from Santa has become commonplace.
Think about this for a moment. We demoralizes God’s Word in our culture with the myths of Christmas. We teach generation after generation that a mythical creature will give them what they want if they behave.
Jesus says we do not have to do ANYTHING to get the gift of salvation, we just have to believe in faith. Ask yourself this question:
“Does the promotion of Christmas/Santa in your life and your family exalt Jesus Christ?”
I know, I know. Why am I being so hard; it is not that big of a deal. Is it really though? Does God not charge us to teach our children the things of Him in EVERY aspect of life? (Deut. 6:4-8).
Jesus needs to be the main driving focus in our minds as we navigate this time of the year.
Hey friend, don’t let the obligation of Christmas take away the act of celebration in Jesus. Focus on Him while visiting family and buying gifts.
Thank Him daily for this life you do have and don’t focus on what you don’t have. Love Him right where you are, because He gave His life for you.
I want to encourage you, my friend. If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can right now! All you have to do is agree with God that you are a sinner.
Turn from your sin and turn towards God. Believe that Jesus took the penalty you deserve for the evil in your life. You must accept Him into your heart.
This will give you a sense of refreshing and focus in your life! Not to mention eternity with our Father.
This is the greatest gift that you can receive!
Thank you Jesus for the reason to celebrate!