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Santa in the Shadow December 3, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:50 am

Since I mentioned Santa in one of my recent posts, I wanted to share our family’s thoughts on him.  It seems today, more and more, that Santa Claus is what is most recognized and celebrated at Christmas.  With nativity displays being banned from public places, “Merry Christmas” being replaced with the more politically correct “Happy Holidays,” Christmas school plays now being referred to as holiday plays and even Christmas songs being banned, Jesus is being pushed out of the way and Santa is being spotlighted.  I’ve not heard of one story where a Santa inflatable had to be removed because it offended somebody.

All this makes me very sad because Jesus is what Christmas is all about.  It’s His birthday and how dare we not invite Him to our celebrations and make Him the center of attention!

Our children know the truth about Santa Claus, but we still have fun reading stories about Santa (our favorite is “The Night Before Christmas”), making cookies for him, feeding his reindeer on Christmas Eve, and tracking  his sleigh on radar as he makes his way across the world.  Our children get no gifts from Santa, but they know the best gift is from Jesus.  That is the gift of forgiveness of sins and a place with Him in heaven.  Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We certainly do not “throw stones” at our friends who do play Santa with their children!  Our views are based on personal convictions.  At our house, Santa remains in the shadow of Jesus.  Jesus is the Light of the World, and he gets the spotlight!


2 Responses to “Santa in the Shadow”

  1. bradferguson Says:

    Right on the money. Santa is fun but so is Mickey Mouse and he’s not real either. Jesus is real! He is the greatest gift of all.

  2. Cynthia Says:

    These are our exactly our thoughts about Santa too! We’re actually having a Happy Birthday Jesus party this year. Thanks for sharing here… I love reading your blog.

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