Oh, I know what you’re thinking…”sigh, not ANOTHER Jesus vs Santa blog post in the blogosphere!” But, I think you may be surprised. Or at least I hope so anyway.
First and foremost, here at the Abella clan, we believe in Jesus’ birthday first and foremost, that we are to celebrate His birth, for without His birth, He couldn’t have had His ministry and then go to an old rugged cross and willingly die for us, offering up Himself an atonement for the sins of you and me. No ifs, ands, or buts in this for our household.
We do live in a culture around us that adores Santa Claus and all the fantasy that comes with the big red guy. Santa has been around for hundreds of years, coming to current form thanks to the Coca-Cola company making the rosy cheeked portly man the image he is. He’s got many faces, many shapes, from the more primitive to the more modern and trendy. There’s songs all about Santa, like “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, etc. Our culture also loves talking snowmen (Frosty) and reindeer with stop light noses (Rudolph).
Now, we as Christians are to be in the world, but not OF it, right? Right! So what is the truth about Christmas? That is found in Scripture, in Matthew and Luke especially. We don’t have to let the fantasies of the world around us take over what we know is true. It is up to us whether or not we let Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, etc take root in our children and grow into the legends the world has made them. We can choose to lift up Jesus, from the Babe in the manger to the Savior on the cross….we can choose to make Him the center of our celebrations. After all, it is Jesus’ birthday, not Santa Claus’s, Frosty’s, etc.
Don’t get me wrong…we do allow the jolly fat guy in the house. He is allowed in via a dvd of the classic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with Fred Astaire narrarating. The dvd of the same era, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is a favorite as well. But, I like what is also on the dvd…”The Little Drummer Boy”. Again, another fantasy, but includes a wonderful song pointing to Jesus. We let the kids watch the dvds, but also make sure they know what the Bible says about Christ, His birth, and make sure they understand also that Santa Claus and all the other secular things are not real, and that while they’re fun, the purpose of Christmas is Christ.
This Christmas season, keep looking to Jesus, to the Lord who came to us in humble beginnings. Sure, enjoy the fun and fantasy, lights and colorful ornies, all the trappings of Christmas–just remember WHO it’s all for. 😉 How you celebrate is totally up to you and your family…enjoy the holiday!