Christmas! Teach Your Kids About Jesus; NOT Santa Claus!

Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly. Even by Christians. Over the years, various customs and traditions have found their way into the church and the 21st century Christian does not even realize that a lot of these traditions are unscriptural. As you read this, please bear in mind that I do not intend to ruin anyone’s fun, be legalistic or rain on anyone’s parade. I only seek to draw attention to who we have been called to be and remind those who have forgotten that though we live in this world, we do not belong here.

For Christians, Christmas day is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who was sent from God to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and bring us into relationship with God. It’s the ultimate sign of God’s love for us. (John 3:16). This love compels us to celebrate Christmas by showing love to everyone around us, hence, the distribution of gifts and “Christmas cheer”.

Decorating our houses and environment is not wrong either as long as we know where to draw the line. However, one Christmas tradition I find most uncomfortable, is the “Santa Claus” or “Father Christmas” (if you’re born in Nigeria) phenomena.

Santa Claus is NOT scriptural. Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and babies with wings have nothing to do with any day that might be called Christmas. The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving. This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.

Several historians and scholars have actually linked Santa Claus to Satanism. H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: that “The name isn’t important. It is the letters”. “Santa” has the same letters as “Satan”!

According to G.A. Riplinger, “Ole Nick” is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)

As far as I am concerned, Santa Claus is a counterfeit, false doctrine created by the enemy to distract children of God from the real meaning of the birth of the Lord Jesus.

Since God’s word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn’t be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world’s most celebrated holiday.

Lucifer’s desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15). He desires worship (Luke 4:7; II Ths. 2:3-4).

Perhaps you’ve never thought of it, but please note in the comparison below,  how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition. (CREDIT: James L. Melton)

SANTA IS ETERNAL
A child knows nothing of his beginning. To a child, Santa has just always existed.JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)
SANTA LIVES IN THE NORTH
Tradition holds that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, a place ABOVE the rest of us.JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN THE NORTH
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa. 48:2)

SANTA WEARS RED CLOTHING
Santa wears a red furry suit.

JESUS CHRIST WEARS RED CLOTHING
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)

SANTA HAS WHITE HAIR
Santa is always pictured as an old man with white hair like wool.

JESUS CHRIST HAS WHITE HAIR
“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” (Rev. 1:14)

SANTA FLIES AROUND GIVING GIFTS
Santa has the ability to defy the laws of gravity and fly around giving gifts to people.

JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:7-8)

SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
Children are taught that Santa “knows when you’ve been good, and he knows when you’ve been bad”.

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNISCIENT
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Pro. 15:3) “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Mat. 9:4)

SANTA HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ELVES
Webster 1828 defines ELF as: “ELF…a spirit, the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch”

JESUS CHRIST HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ANGELS
“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Mat. 4:11)

 

If you are making your kids believe that Santa is bringing them gifts, then you’re lying to them and you should repent immediately. You should be telling them about God who wants to give them the gift of eternal life, through Jesus Christ.

Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and Him alone. He will share His glory with no one.

 

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