It may not be readily apparent to you, but there are many similarities between Santa Claus, and Jesus. For instance, both are religious figures — though Santa’s religious origins have long been forgotten as the world has morphed him into a modern secular poster boy for Coca-Cola and western consumerism.
Consider these parallels between the modern Santa, and Jesus, that have been smartly noted by others:
- Jesus will return like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43-44). Santa is known for his burglar like sneakiness.
- No one knows when Jesus will return (Mark 13:32). No one knows when Santa will come down the chimney.
- Jesus is omniscient (John 1:47-48, Acts 1:24, 1 John 3:20). Santa knows every good and bad thing you’ve done in the past year. He also knows when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake!
- Jesus is the Christ Child (Matthew 1:18). Santa is also known as Kris Kringle, which is believed to be derived from the German dialectical Chriskindl, which means Christ Child.
There are many others, but you get the idea. Now consider the differences.
- Santa gives you gifts based on your behavior, But Christ’s gift is by grace, and grace is unmerited favor (Ephesians 2:8).
- Santa’s gifts last about two weeks. Christ’s gift is eternal (Romans 6:23).
- Santa is only with us for one day, But Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20), and is with us eternally (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Santa responds to earthly desires. Jesus responds to eternal needs (Philippians 4:19).
Of course, there are many more. How many similarities and differences can you think of? Better yet, how can you use the similarities and differences found in the fables of Santa to point to the realities of Christ?