Santa and Jesus Both Have a Place on My Mantle

​A few years back, an agnostic (on his way to being atheist) friend of mine chided me for being a Christian who allowed my children to believe in made-up, worldly things such as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. He thought it was very unChristian of me to lie to my children. He’s not the only one who feels this way.
 
It always seems that beginning in September through the end of the year, there is a war that is waged between the believing and the unbelieving world. Sadly, the battle also wages among believers as well and I know Satan just loves that. It usually starts right around the time Halloween decorations are brought out and Christians tiptoe around whether or not they are celebrating “Halloween” or celebrating “Fall Festival,” will they or won’t they allow their children to dress up and what kind of decorations will adorn the outside of their house. Blogs are written, conversations inside and outside of the church take place and then thankfully, Halloween is over and it is all tucked away nicely until the next Fall.
 
Thanksgiving usually arrives without too much fanfare and there is only an occasional argument about whether or not Christians should be celebrating a feast that took place among a group of people who may or may not have acted nicely to their new neighbors. I believe the turkey coma usually slows down that argument and thanks to Black Friday sales and stores opening earlier and earlier, people are far too distracted by the busyness of the kick-off to Christmas shopping season that they don’t have the fight in them to discuss it.
 
But then, there is Christmas and I reflect back on that conversation I had a few years ago. I have younger children who may or may not believe that Santa Claus is still real. My house is decorated with just as many Santa figurines, Christmas trees and Christmas lights as it has manger scenes and mentions of Jesus. Does that make me a hypocrite or a blasphemer? Honestly, I think there are some who may say, “Yes” and those who say, “No way.”
​I believe there is a place on my mantle for both Santa Claus and for Jesus. Both represent hope and giving and both serve an important part in the celebration of Christmas.
 
My children know that Santa brings gifts one day per year, but they also know that Jesus offers the most important gift for free everyday of the year. We are not just about Jesus “being the reason for the season” for the month of December. He is our reason for everyday, every hour and every breath everyday of the year. By cramming Jesus down the throat of nonbelievers during the Christmas season, we run the risk of sounding like the clanging cymbals Paul references in 1 Corinthians 13:1, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
​Santa represents happiness, joy and giving, especially to the unbelieving world. Use him as a prop and use the colors of his clothes to share the Gospel with someone this Christmas season…
 
  • Santa’s black belt – represents Sin and separation from God (Isaiah 59:2)
  • Santa’s red coat – represents the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:12)
  • Santa’s white beard – represents the fact that Jesus washes our Sin away white as snow because He is our Savior (1 John 1:7, Isaiah 1:18)
​Counteract what the world would want us to do (forget all about Jesus) and wage war on Satan. Speak the Word of Truth in love when you have the opportunity. Open your home to someone who is lonely, seeking or just doesn’t know Christ. Serve more this Christmas season. Share the Gospel everyday during Advent and see how that changes your life and the lives of so many.
 
John Piper comments in his blog, “Let’s Revise the Popular Phrase “In, But Not Of” on John 17:14-19. He says, “The accent falls on being sent, with a mission, to the world – not being mainly on a mission to disassociate from this world.” (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/let-s-revise-the-popular-phrase-in-but-not-of)
 
We can run from “Santa” and the “Happy Holidays,” but then what? We spend our Christmas season huddled around a bunch of Christians who already know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Don’t get me wrong, I celebrate Him everyday…and especially even more on His birthday, but if the majority of the world around me doesn’t even know who Jesus is and I only celebrate with what seems “Christian,” how will I continue to be able to relate to unbelievers and meet them where they are?
 
For now, Santa has a place in my home. My children are in the process of trying to figure out if he is for real or not and that is okay with me. What I truly care about more than all the gifts under the tree or all the sparkly decorations is that they know that Jesus is for real…always. 
​For the record, I believe Christmas trees have a place in our homes as well so before you form judgment on Santa, google the history of Christmas trees. P.S. you won’t find any reference of them in the Bible either. :-)

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

Related Posts

1 Comment


tracy popoff - November 28th, 2015 at 7:31pm

Amen Erin! Thanks for sharing!

Recent

Archive

 2015 (42)
 February (1)

Categories

Tags

#Emerge #LiveUnashamed #TurnOffTheDark 'Tis the Season 1 Corinthians 13 1 Peter 3:18 1 Timothy 1:12-16 180 the documentary 1973 1and3 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 2015 2016 Vote 2016 40th Birthday 62nd National Day of Prayer 63rd National Day of Prayer 8 A Few Thoughts About the Starbucks Red Cup A Generation in Crisis A Savior is Born A Shining Star Aaron Abbott and Costello Abraham Acts 16:31 Adultery Advent Calendars Advent Devotional Advent Wreath Advent Agape Alabaster Jar Alaska Airlines Albaster Jar Albie Pearson All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten American Church Ami Chapman Anglican Church Annie the Movie Are You Hurting Your "Friends"? Are You Hurting Your "Friends"? Ascension Ash Wednesday Ashley Madison Asma Al-Assad Assemble Aurora Auror Austin & Ally Autumn Awaken Band-Aids Baptism of the Holy Spirit Barak Bashar Al-Assad Bathsheba Be a Voice for the Voiceless Beautiful Gate Being Fed Beirut Attacks Bethel Music Bethseda Better Days Are Ahead Bible Fellowship Bible Museum Bible Study Bible Billy Graham Bishop TD Jakes Bitter Cup Blogger Boaz Bobbie Houston Boko Haram Born In A Manger Boston Marathon Bride BringBackOurGirls Brittany Maynard Burdens Busyness C.H. Spurgeon Caleb Castille Calling Canada Casting Crowns Catherine Mullins Change Charles H. Spurgeon Charles Spurgeon Charleston Church Shooting Charleston Chasing the Dragon Chick-fil-A Chicken Child Choose What is Better Christ-follower Christine Caine Christmas All Year Long Christmas Christy Nockels Church Climb a Tree Coffee Bar Colossians 3:13 Comfort Zone Comfortable Community Confirmation Content Cool Christianity Coop Corrie ten Boom Country Club Craving God Ministries Creation Creator Cross Crown of Thorns D.C. DIY DOMA Dads and Daughters Dads Daily Devotional for Lent Daily Devotional Dallas Damascus Dandelions Darkness Darlene Zscheh Daughters Of the Deep Daughters Days of Elijah Deborah Defiance Deliverance Democrat Demon Possessed Man Dennis Bratcher Desensitization Deuteronomy Devotional for Lent Devotional Disorder Dominican Republic Don't Act Like a Chicken Donald Trump Doubt Dr. Tony Evans Dry Bones Dylann Roof ED Commercials Earthquake Easter Eight Practical Tips Election 2016 Election Elephant in the Room Elohim Emanuel A.M.E. Church Emanuel AME Emerge: It's Time To Turn Off The Dark Emerge Emerging: Out of the Shadows of Voluntary Darkness Emerging Emily Lett Empty Tomb Encounters Entertainment Ephesians 1:3 Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 2:8 Ephesians 6:12 Epiphany Erin Olson Erin Olson Dallas Erin Olson Sandalfeet Erin Olson Erin and Scott Olson Erin Esau Esperanza International Evangelism Explosion Evangelism Exodus 1:17 Ezekiel FORGIVEN If we are forgiven why can’t we forgive? How you can know if you are living in unforgive Facebook Live Facebook Faith Fall Family Relationships Family Fasting Father's Day Father's Day Festival of Unleavened Bread Fetter Firing Squad First Fruits First Great Awakening For Your Glory and For Me Forever 21 Forever Forgiveness - Unforgiveness : Revealed Through Your Fruits Forgiveness - Unforgiveness: Revealed Through Your Fruits Forgiveness Bible Study Forgivenes Forgivness Four Friends Friendship Friends Fruits of the Spirit Fruits Fruit Galatians 5:22-23 Garden of Gethsemane Gather Your Neighbors Gather Gendercide General Revelation Genesis 3:15 Gentleness George Zimmerman Gerasenes GetOurGirlsBack Gideon Gifts Give Credit To Whom Credit Is Due Give Gluten-Free God With Us God is Love God is With Us God is good God's Not Dead God's Will God's Word God Golden Chord Good Friday Goodness Grace Greg Laurie HIS Bridge Builders Habbakuk Haitian Earthquake Haiti Happy New Year Harvest America 2016 Harvest America Harvest What Does it Mean? Harvest Hate He is Risen Healing Heart Heaven Kissed the Earth Hebrews 10:14 Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 12:1 Heroes of the faith Hillary Clinton Hillsong United Hipster Christianity His Redeemer Lives His Revelation Holy Spirit Holy Week Homeschool Home Hope Defined Hosanna in the Highest House of Prayer Human trafficking Hurricane I Can Only Imagine I Can ISIS Immanuel Impatience In N Out Instagram Intercession Intercessory prayer Isaac Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah Israel It Takes A Village It'S Time To Turn Off The Dark Jack Graham Jackie Pullinger Jacob Jael James MacDonald Jehovah-Jireh Jen Hatmaker Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah Jerry-Maguire Jessie Jesus Movement Jesus Revolution Jesus is the Reason Jesus is the reason for the season Jesus' miracles Jesus' will Jesus Jim Cymbala Job 23:10 Job Joel Osteen John 10:10 John 14:6 John 15:1 John 3:16 John 8:12 John Hagee Join With The Angels Jonah Joy To The World Joy Judge Deborah Karen Wheaton Kari Jobe Kickstarter Kids Ramp Kindness King David King Herod King Hezekiah Kingdom Community Kirk-Cameron Lakewood Church Laodiceans Laodicea Las Vegas Leadership Lent Daily Devotional Lent Devotional Lenten Devotional Lenten Season Lent Let it Be Jesus Life Light In the Dark Light of the World Light Lioness Arising Lisa Bevere Listen to Him Liv and Maddie Live Unashamed Living Under an Open Heaven Lord's Prayer Lord's Supper Lot's wife Love Luke 10:42 Luke 11 Luke 2:46 Luke 2:7 Majestic Inspirations Majesty Malachi 1:2 Manchester Mandisa Manna Marathon Marilyn Monroe Mary Anoints Jesus Mary Magdalene Mary and Martha Matthew 12:21 Matthew 20 Matthew 21 Matthew 28:19 Matthew 5:9 Matthew 7:24-27 Mat May 7th May 7 Middle-class Mike Fechner Miracles From Heaven Miracles Missions Moms Mom Mordecai Moses Mother's Day Motherhood Motrin Movies Museum of the Bible Museum Music Muslim My Hope America with Billy Graham My Hope America Names of God Narrow Gate Narrow Path National Day of Prayer National Prayer Walk Your Neighborhood National Prayer Walk Nehemiah Neighborhood New Beginnings New Year NewSpring Worship Niagara Falls Nigerian Schoolgirls Nigeria No Longer Slaves Notes Obedience Oceans Of Mess and Moxie Office Shooting Olive Branch Olive Oil Olson On the Day of the Solar Eclipse One Thing is Necessary One Year Later Open Heaven Operation Christmas Child Oregon's Death With Dignity Act Palm Sunday Parables Parents Pareto Principle Paris Attacks Paris Passion Passover Pastors Patience Peace On Earth Pecking Order Pentecost Perfect Timing Peter Pick up Your Cross Planned Parenthood Podcaster Podcasts Podcast Pool of Bethesda PowerPoint Praise you in the Storm Praise Prayer Closet Prayer Room Prayer Works Pray Preparing for the Harvest Presence of God President Obama Presidential Race President Prestonwood Baptist Church Prestonwood Devotionals Prestonwood Easter Prestonwood Pregnancy Center Prestonwood Women's Ministry Prestonwood Priceless Priscilla Shirer Pro-gay Prodigal Son Promised Land Proverbs 10:12 Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 31 Psalm 118:1 Psalm 121 Psalm 31:19 Queen Esther Race Racism Rahab Raised to Life Rashness Red Cup Reinhard Bonnke Repent Republican Repurpose Reset 2016 Revelation 4:8 Revelation Rick Santorum Robert Fulghum Robin Hill Lane Robin Williams Roe v. Wade Romans 4:7-8 Romans 8:28 Ronnie W. Floyd Rooster Ruth SCOTUSA SYATP 2015 SYATP Sabbatical Year Sabbatical Samaritan's Purse Same-Sex Marriage San Bernardino Sandafeet Sandalfeet Blog Sandalfeet Ministries Sandalfeet Minsitries Sandalfeet Santa Claus Santa Satan Scarlet cord Scott Olson Dallas Scott Olson Scott and Erin Olson Season Second Coming of Christ Second Great Awakening Second Kings See You At The Pole Self-control Senior Adults Senior Church Goers September 11 Serve Sex trafficking Sexual Abuse Shame Share the Message Shifting the Entertainment Atmosphere Sifting Silence Silent Night Simeon Simon Simplify the Season Sisera Sit At His Feet: Choose What is Better Sit At His Feet: Choosing What is Better Sit At His Feet Social Media Sodom Solar Eclipse Solemn Solomon Sound The Trumpets Special Revelation Spenser Olson Spirit Rising Spiritual Atmosphere Spiritual Food Spiritual Needs Spiritual Orphans the Book Spiritual Orphans: A Generation in Crisis Spiritual Orphans Spiritual Warning Signals Sprint Stand United Star of Hope Starbucks Start Serving Stop Complaining Stay Gold Stepping Out of the Boat Stormie Omartian Storms Storytellers Stress Strongholds Supreme Court ruling Surrender Syrian Conflict Syria TD Jakes Temple Construction Temple Temptation Testimony Thankfulness Thankful Thankgiving Thanksgiving The American Humanist Association The Gathering The Great Commission The Katinas The King is Among Us The Mission of Motherhood The Ramp The Sisterhood The Tabernacle The Waiting Place The Weeping Prophet Theophany Third Child This I Beiieve Thomas S. Kidd Three Wise Men Time with God Timing Tony Evans Trafficking Transfiguration Trayvon Martin Triumphal Entry Twelve Days of Christmas Unashamed Unbelief Unforgiveness United 2015 Uzzah VBS 2012 VBS Vacation Bible School Valentine's Day Vessel Vicky Valle Victor's Crown Virginia Grounds Virtual Academy Voice Institute Voluntary Darkness War Room Washington We Are Called to Forgive Weekend Project Weeping Prophet Whale What If What's in a Name Wheat and Weeds Who's on First? Wide Gate Wide Path Will You Stay Silent? Wise Men Woman at the Well Woman-at-the-well Woodlawn Word for the Year Word of God Word of Life Words Works Worship Music Worship Writing in the Sand Wubble Bubble Ball Wubble Bubble Yahweh Yes You Can You Are Not the Boss of You Your Love For Us Youth Zacchaeus Zechariah 9 Zechariah abortion adoption authenticity author baby names blessing blog blood moons category 5 hurricane child abuse child trafficking children conversation depression divorce family family vision statement family mission statement stay-at-home mome flu epidemic flu vaccine flu forgiveness four blood moons fruit of the Spirit garth brooks governor abbott hand of God hand-of-god heroines hope housewarming shower hurricane harvey kinsman Redeemer lost lukewarm marriage media ministry mobile sonograms mustard seed myhopeamerica.org nasa nineveh orphans orphan pandemic parable of the mustard seed parenting peace persecution prayer prestonwood baptist choir pro-choice pro-life prodigals prophecy pythonic-spirits python radical obedience radical reconciliation revival sadness sharethemessage.org spiritual-warfare steps of salvation stomach virus thanks the Bible the Seed the gift of conversation theatre shooting this blood time in His presence tragedy trials trust unanswered prayers unplanned pregnancy waiting widow's oil workplace ministry