Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20-21
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
My children never got to sit on the knee of Santa Claus. From birth, they knew who bought and gave them their Christmas presents. The sacred celebration of the Saviour’s birth had already been highjacked and I was not prepared to allow credit to go where it was not due.
Selfish? Maybe, but my husband and I worked hard to earn a modest living and if any kudos was going anywhere, it wouldn’t be going to Santa. I really don’t think my children suffered any long-term trauma. In fact, their children don’t get to sit on Santa’s knee either.
Also, that premise that Santa will not bring presents to children who have been ‘naughty’ throughout the year does not seem to fit the ‘good will to all people’ principle for which Christmas is known.
The opposite is the case with the Messiah, the king of the Jews. Joseph was told that Mary’s baby’s name was to be Jesus because he will save his people from their sins. Jesus’ purpose was to save the ‘naughty’, to bring the gift of life to sinners, people who are not, and could never be, ‘nice’ in order to please God.
For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. Matthew 9:13
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Grace, unmerited favour, that which we don’t deserve, the naughty receiving the greatest gift from the King himself.