I had often found myself thinking (like Kirk’s brother did in the movie) this cannot be what God wants. This is not what Christmas is all about. Christmas isn’t about a jolly old man who brings presents. Santa has nothing to do with Christmas at all. As it turns out, I had Santa all wrong! Santa is the man! Santa was a defender of the faith. At the Council of Nicea Saint Nicholas fought the heretic Arius who was spreading lies that Jesus was not in fact the son of God, but a mere man. Saint Nicholas’ actions produced the Nicene Creed – a statement of faith and belief in Jesus Christ in the Christian church. This is the story we tell our children, Santa is more than a jolly red elf, Santa is a defender of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Overall, the movie was cute, funny, and a little cheesy. Then it ends with a hip hop dance. OK, that works. It is defiantly worth seeing, and will totally change your perspective for the upcoming Christmas season. I learned a valuable lesson from this movie, and as a new parent it offered an amazing perspective. Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas is all about how we frame things, and how we tell the story. Don’t see presents under the tree as materialistic, and joyful children as spoiled. See them as beautiful gifts that represent Christ made human, brought to earth as a baby born to die for our sins. Don’t see Christmas music and extravagant decorations as unnecessary and over-the-top. See them as a a reflection of Jesus, the light of the world.
Laugh, smile, celebrate this Christmas as hard as you can. Eat all the food you can, share all the joy you know how. Nothing we could ever do will ever even begin to scratch the surface of how glorious this day really is. Once you’re eyes have been opened, you can’t go back. Once you see Christmas for what it is, you will only see the JOY.
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