Christians and Santa Claus         Joseph Clark
For Christians, Christmas has become one ofour most sacred holidays and rightfully so.
It is a time when we come together withfriends and family to celebrate the birth of ourlord and savior Jesus Christ.
However, there is one subject that tends tocause confusion among Christians every year.
Santa Claus
To gain a proper perspective on Santa Clauswe first need to look at the celebration ofChristmas it’s self.
In the early Christian churches the birth ofJesus was not celebrated, only his death,burial, and resurrection.
The birth of Jesus was not celebrated until the4th century.
Also, evidence shows that Jesus was actuallyborn in the spring time.
The church leaders of the 4th century decidedto hold the celebration on the 25th in order togain popularity among the many...
Christmas continued for a while until in the17th century the Puritans actually cancelled thecelebration because they found...
For nearly 100 years there was no countrywide Christmas celebration allowed in thenewly founded United States, only pocket...
In the 1820s stores saw Christmas as a goodtime to advertise and began doing so.
By the 1840s it had became a wide spreadpractice.
Even though Christmas had gained popularityagain, it did not become a federal holiday untilJune 26, 1870.
Santa Claus
The legend on Santa Claus can be trace back toa monk named St. Nicholas that lived hundredsof years ago.
The name Santa Claus actually evolved fromNick’s Dutch name, Sinter Klaas, a shortenedform of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Sai...
St. Nicholas was known for his charitablegiving, especially to the children.
In the 1840s stores started using a live Santa tolure children, and their parents, into their store.
By the 1890s the Salvation Army began todress their employees up like Santa to earn themoney needed for the free meals the...
With our celebrations today the problem is notwhether or not to include Santa Claus. Theproblem is more centered on trying...
We should be teaching our children aboutJesus all year. They should know his storyfrom beginning to end and all that he do...
If this has been taught all year long, thenChristmas can be a time of not only celebratingthe birth of Jesus, but also the...
You can use Christmas morning to explain tothem that how they feel at that moment is howothers feel when they give to them.
Instead of getting stuck on just our actions weneed to look deeper at our motives.
If we keep Christ in all our lives, and not justChristmas, the holidays can be a great timespent enjoying many of the mode...
Children should learn all year that every goodthing comes from God above.
This knowledge will help put Santa Claus intothe proper perspective for your children.
History has proven that commercializingsomething is not always a bad thing. Ifcombined with the proper knowledge it canhel...
Shining God’s Light www.josephclarkblog.com
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  1. 1. Christians and Santa Claus Joseph Clark
  2. 2. For Christians, Christmas has become one ofour most sacred holidays and rightfully so.
  3. 3. It is a time when we come together withfriends and family to celebrate the birth of ourlord and savior Jesus Christ.
  4. 4. However, there is one subject that tends tocause confusion among Christians every year.
  5. 5. Santa Claus
  6. 6. To gain a proper perspective on Santa Clauswe first need to look at the celebration ofChristmas it’s self.
  7. 7. In the early Christian churches the birth ofJesus was not celebrated, only his death,burial, and resurrection.
  8. 8. The birth of Jesus was not celebrated until the4th century.
  9. 9. Also, evidence shows that Jesus was actuallyborn in the spring time.
  10. 10. The church leaders of the 4th century decidedto hold the celebration on the 25th in order togain popularity among the many other wintercelebrations going on in that day.
  11. 11. Christmas continued for a while until in the17th century the Puritans actually cancelled thecelebration because they found no basis for itin the Bible.
  12. 12. For nearly 100 years there was no countrywide Christmas celebration allowed in thenewly founded United States, only pockets ofrebels.
  13. 13. In the 1820s stores saw Christmas as a goodtime to advertise and began doing so.
  14. 14. By the 1840s it had became a wide spreadpractice.
  15. 15. Even though Christmas had gained popularityagain, it did not become a federal holiday untilJune 26, 1870.
  16. 16. Santa Claus
  17. 17. The legend on Santa Claus can be trace back toa monk named St. Nicholas that lived hundredsof years ago.
  18. 18. The name Santa Claus actually evolved fromNick’s Dutch name, Sinter Klaas, a shortenedform of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for SaintNicholas).
  19. 19. St. Nicholas was known for his charitablegiving, especially to the children.
  20. 20. In the 1840s stores started using a live Santa tolure children, and their parents, into their store.
  21. 21. By the 1890s the Salvation Army began todress their employees up like Santa to earn themoney needed for the free meals they gave toneedy families.
  22. 22. With our celebrations today the problem is notwhether or not to include Santa Claus. Theproblem is more centered on trying to use aholiday to teach our children about Jesus.
  23. 23. We should be teaching our children aboutJesus all year. They should know his storyfrom beginning to end and all that he does forus in everyday life.
  24. 24. If this has been taught all year long, thenChristmas can be a time of not only celebratingthe birth of Jesus, but also the Spirit of givingas represented by Santa Claus.
  25. 25. You can use Christmas morning to explain tothem that how they feel at that moment is howothers feel when they give to them.
  26. 26. Instead of getting stuck on just our actions weneed to look deeper at our motives.
  27. 27. If we keep Christ in all our lives, and not justChristmas, the holidays can be a great timespent enjoying many of the modern customswe have today without going against our faith.
  28. 28. Children should learn all year that every goodthing comes from God above.
  29. 29. This knowledge will help put Santa Claus intothe proper perspective for your children.
  30. 30. History has proven that commercializingsomething is not always a bad thing. Ifcombined with the proper knowledge it canhelp spread the good news of God’s son JesusChrist.
  31. 31. Shining God’s Light www.josephclarkblog.com

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