Celebrations, Christmas, Evangelism, Witnessing, For Parents, Generosity, God, Jesus, the Savior

Santa or Jesus . . . Whom do you worship?

Written by Milton J. and Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author

Although we believe the legend of Santa Claus has merit, we believe teaching the modern-day depiction of a jolly old man in a red suit delivering packages on a sleigh around the world once a year does not line up with Scripture. Why? Because it’s a lie. The Scriptures clearly frown on lying and deceiving others:

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

Psalm 101:7 (NKJV)—He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Another point that made me (Pam) question whether teaching about the modern-day concept of Santa Claus was okay was what my father told me his first cousin Duard Vinson Gillum had told him about why he was an agnostic or atheist in his younger years. My cousin said to my father, “First, they taught me about Santa Claus, and I found out that wasn’t true; then they told me about the Easter bunny, and I found out that wasn’t true; and, then they taught me about the tooth fairy, which I also found out didn’t exist. So, when they started teaching me about Jesus, I assumed that was a lie too.”
After reflecting on what my cousin had reasoned as a child and seeing how commercialized the concept of Santa had become, I decided if I ever had children they would not be taught to believe in the modern-day Santa Claus. At that time I felt convicted to give away or discard any Christmas decorations that I had depicting Santa Claus. I may have two or three Santa Claus themed decorations that I kept because they were heirlooms that had sentimental value.
From our perspective Santa Claus has become an idol in modern-day society. Not only has Santa become an idol, but many are trying to take Christ out of Christmas. The materialism of Christmas which to many is an idol has corrupted many things, among them the secular celebration of Christmas, with Santa Claus having been perverted into Mammon by some. 

The spirit of generosity and thoughtfulness in giving to others needs to be taught over anticipation of gifts we may receive and comparing them to what others receive. Children should be taught from an early age why we really celebrate Christmas (the wonder and miracle of the Incarnation). Don’t get us wrong. We see no harm in creating a surprise and delight for a child on Christmas morning in enjoying (modest and reasonable) presents that have appeared under the tree overnight. However, the reason for giving gifts at Christmas needs to be linked to the Christmas story where the magi from the East delivered gifts to Baby Jesus.

I (Pam) recall in our home as a child, the labels on the presents always read “From Santa”. Today when I wrap packages to put under the tree, I always label the gifts “From Jesus”, as He is the ultimate provider of all our possessions.

We encourage you to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Christmas. He alone is the real reason for celebrating the season. 

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