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Who is Santa Claus?
I grew up in a strict Baptist home, so it's a question that has been thrown around.  As it turns out, he is a fascinating part of our Christian history.

Let's go all the way back to AD 325.  
It has been around 300 years since Jesus died and rose again.  A group of Christian leaders is meeting.  There are leaders from the Catholic church, the eastern orthodox church, The church oriental, the Orthodox Assyrians, and the church of the east.  (Us Baptist don't come on the scene until a long time later)


The meeting starts on May 20th and lasts until June the 19th.  
They call it the council of Nicea.  

Present at this meeting is two religious leaders.  Nicolas and Arius.  

Nicolas believes that Jesus was and is God.  He died but rose again and is alive.  

Arius believes Jesus was a man.  He was not God. He is dead.  We can learn from his writings.  

Arius stands to address the group.  He is speaking and explaining to the group his view on who Jesus is.  Nicolas stands in defiance.  The two men begin arguing.  As Darius continues to say that Jesus was not God, Nicolas punches him in the face knocking him to the ground.

Who was this Nicolas guy?   


Other than a very strong believer in the fact that Jesus is and was God.  Nicolas was a very wealthy man.  His parents had left him a lot of money.  He gave his money generously. 

One day he heard about a man who had three daughters.  The man had no money.  His daughters were about to be taken as slaves.  The girls wanted to be married, but they had no money for the wedding.

Nicolas wanted to help, but he was a humble man.  So he dropped three pieces of gold through a window for the man.  One for each daughter.  The gold landed in the stockings of the girls they had hung by the window.  The money helped pay off the father's debt and pay for the girls wedding.  

The story spread quickly.  This was not the only time Nicolas dropped money or gold through windows to help people. 


After he died, the church set aside  December the 6th to remember his generous giving and how hard he fought to keep the purity of the scripture. 

His story was told to children as a way to teach them to be kind, and generous.  The story became very popular in Germany and also with the Dutch people.  They had two different versions of the story and pronounced the name differently. 

Santa comes to America

When America was founded people began to travel to America and Canada from Germany and the Neverlands.  The Germans and the Dutch brought the celebration of St Nicolas day with them.  Dec the 6th.  

The British were celebrating Dec 25th Christmas day and the two celebrations sort of merged.  The Engish liked the giving gifts thing with St Nicolas day but didn't pronounce his name right.  the English pronounced it as Santa Clause. 




But it really only took off in the southern parts of the states.  



In the north no one really celebrated it.  

Until the civil war.  

Lincoln made posters of st nic hanging out with the Union troops as a way to make the rebel soldiers mad.  He kind of stole their guy, and put their guy, in his army.  

The posters became part of the northern propaganda, and by the end of the civil war st, Nicolas or Santa clause was part of the American celebration.

It was not until Coca-Cola decided that they would use this guy as an image in their posters that we get the Santa clause of today.  He was given the red robe because he was a bishop and that's what they wore, but the large big belly, and the rosy cheeks and the white cuff around the edges of his coat... all an artist from aka cola.


So today, if you want to celebrate Santa Clause...
Be generous. 
Be kind. 
Punch a teacher of false doctrine in the face.

Just kidding don't punch anyone.  But stand up for true teaching of the Bible.


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