True or False: Santa lives in the North Pole and has twelve reindeer? False! Santa doesn’t exist! Santa is a mythical man that spreads Christmas cheer by magically flying around the world giving toys to “good children.” He is fun to talk about, but he is make-believe! It is OK to watch silly shows about Santa, but that is not why we celebrate Christmas.
Before you call me a “Grinch,” or congratulate me for pointing out the obvious, please read on – I need your help. But first, lets all review the true reason for the season. Two thousand years ago God gave mankind the ultimate gift – His only Son, Who rescued us from certain death, by taking our place. There was no greater gift in history. In fact, His gift was so great it overwhelmed the entire world.
A monster called Rome was the first to be overcome by God’s great gift. As Christians were nailed to crosses, burned at stakes and fed to lions, they continued to sing the praises of their loving God and His wonderful gift.
The mighty Romans were dumb-founded as they witnessed Christ’s gift spreading like a wild fire, from heart to heart, until the official religion of the Roman Empire became “Christianity” – the religion of those fed to the lions!
Throughout history the hardest of hearts have been transformed by God’s gift, from Paul and Constantine to a humble bishop named Saint Nicholas. St. Nicholas did not have a work shop in the north pole, nor reindeer, or even a single elf. He had something better – God’s eternal gift and a passion for “regifting!”
So what is my point? Here is it: There is no such thing as Santa Claus – just a generous God and His faithful followers regifting God’s love to the entire world. There is a last minute Christmas gift I need you to add to your list.