03 January 2012

I Believe In Santa Claus

You probably don't believe he's real, but I think you should reconsider. Let me explain:

First off, we know Santa Claus to be some big, jolly old guy that wears a red suit and has a big white beard. He delivers presents on Christmas Eve to all the girls and boys as they sleep. He also flies through the air with his sleigh pulled by 9 reindeer. And, he has many elves that spend all year making toys at the North Pole. So, what does this have to do with anything?

Well, it hit me the other day. You know all those fake Santa Claus' that appear in public places just before Christmas? They dress up like Santa, but they're not the real thing. They're just his helpers. They're just dressed up like Santa to help get the kids excited about Christmas. There's always a line of kids waiting patiently to see him as the parents sit back and take pictures of their cuteness and innocence. Ok, you already know this.

I started thinking about these "helper Santa's". They do a good job of portraying what the real Santa Claus looks and acts like. This is what Christians should be like too. This image of Santa Claus, is much like who our Father is. He's big, ancient and always full of love and laughter. Of course, many of us don't view God in this manner. Rather, we see him as an angry Zeus-like character. However, Santa is not a bad guy. He's a good guy that needs a break. He actually does a better job at showing God's love than you and I do.

God is much like Santa Claus. He's sending out so many helpers to dress like him and show his love to the ones who have child-like faith and believe. So many kids stand in long lines with their parents because they believe this Santa Claus guy is the real deal. It's cute and the parents are there with them knowing full well that he doesn't truly exist. The perfect model of God's love and character are staring parents in the face. Yet, they have no clue of the love example that's sitting on a throne before their very eyes. They're too big and grown up for Santa Claus. Now, they're too big and grown up to see God's love on display as a reminder every year of how much he loves his children.

The kids sometimes wait for hours just to sit in his lap and share their heart's desires with him. He welcomes them with open arms and smiles so big to reassure each child that he's excited they came to see him. He's proud of each one of them. He's a good listener and gently asks what they would like for Christmas. The kids start naming off each gift. After he hears the list, he gently praises them and gives him his blessing. All the while, reminding the children to remember him throughout the year and to be on their best behavior.

If you really look at the example Santa Claus displays, he's modeled much after our Father. Sure the world tries to turn the tables on Christmas by introducing a big, jolly red guy, but it's funny how even the world's attempt to distract us, actually reminds us of him. God has a magical way of making all things point back to him.

Lastly, I asked my mom not too long ago why she lied to me about Santa Claus being real. My mom has never lied to me so I knew this was going to stump her. She replied, "I didn't lie to you about Santa. You asked me if Santa Claus was real and I just turned around and asked you the same thing. And, you said, 'Yes.'" I gave it one last try. Then, I asked her why she'd taught me about Santa in the first place. She said, "I didn't teach you about Santa Claus. The world did."

It's up to you as parents to share the love of Jesus with every example you come across. Embrace Santa Claus and show your kids what their Father really looks like. Learn how to make what the world intends to be a distraction, into a picture of his love.

Can you think of any other ways the Santa Claus story reminds you of Him?


Heather said...

I have thought about how Santa and God are alike before. They both sit a on a throne, show us right from wrong, reward us, love on us, and spread joy to us. Santa is just another thing that points back to Him. Great post, Dathan! :)

Dathan Ellis said...

I was having a difficult time with the nice and naughty list part, but I like the way you put it. He just reminds us to do the right thing. I also thought about how if you're on the Nice list, your name is written in the Lambs Book of Life and you get great rewards. If you're on the Naughty list you get coal. Coal helps to make fire...you catch my drift.

Allison said...

This is great Dathan! Gives me hope that I can show I am a Christian without having to quote the Bible! :) Love this! :) Thanks for sharing and I really needed to read this today! :)

Dathan Ellis said...

Most Christians don't even believe that the entire Word is, already, planted in their hearts. I'm glad you're the exception. Btw you can quote it...just listen. ~;-)