The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
One story tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman’s father had to offer prospective husbands something of value—a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.
Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver.
Even though Jesus is the reason for Christ-Mass he was able to work through St Nick who eventually became Santa.
Comparison Santa VS Saint Nicholas(Picture)
Time and Time again we see in the Bible and throughout history people that God uses to achieve his will.
God knew that through St Nicholas Christmas would come and that many people would hear about Jesus because of Christmas.
God also knew that Christmas would become exploited where it would become more about the giving of gifts rather than focusing on the one who gave his all, his life, that is Jesus.
Christmas is a reminder that God came to earth as a man.
God is with us. Emanuel means God with us.
The Message (MSG)
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
Jesus is not some dictator type who wants us to fufill his every command instead he came as a humble child and it is by his grace that we believe in him.
Jesus Said in Matthew 28 “I am with you always, to the end of the age”
He is always with us, even at Christmas.
Christmas day is a family day, gift-giving day, roast eating day, tv watching day but more than that it is his day.
So if you are tucking into a lovely meal, playing with your favourite present, transfixed by the latest episode of DR Who, relaxing around the table or reclining in the living room please take a moment to think of the one who came to us and the reason behind the season.
That one is of course: Jesus.