I was at my job where I work every year at Christmas time. Today this little boy came up and sat on my knee and asked a question, I had heard this many times before. But this time it was different. This little boy’s voice was intense. He didn’t want my normal answer. He wanted the truth. Then instead of one question there were two questions, one right after the other. Are you really Santa Clause? And is there a real Santa?
My mind started racing, and before I knew it, I was giving this little boy a history lesson.
‘No I am not really Santa Clause. There was a man that lived many years ago, St. Nicolas. This man gave gifts to needy people that lived in his town. He was a great and generous person. His memory has gone on today, and Santa Clause is a representation of him. However I must be truthful, there is a greater one, that has always lived. He came to earth about 2 thousand years ago. Let me explain the difference between St. Nicolas, Santa Clause, and Jesus Christ.
St. Nicolas was a great man that gave gifts to the poor and needy. Out of love for people he shared his worldly possessions and was a great example of humanity.
Santa Clause is alive in people’s minds, under the name of St. Nicolas, and is supposed to give worldly presents. Many love Santa Clause for the money they get, while others see him as a replacement for Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is and always was God. He saw a great division between mankind and God. Out of love, He chose to come to Earth as a baby, and prepare a way for us to become friends with God. He even died a painful death, making a way for us to go to Heaven. ‘
Then the young boy said thank you and left, but I often think of my words to him. How true they are.