This week in our Youth Ministry, we’re talking about the annual Christmas battle between Jesus and Santa.
Within this battle, the debate over festive greetings also wages. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings?
However, the question remains, during this season of Jesus vs. Santa; how do we share our faith as Believers without offending others? Can we promote Jesus without ruining the family traditions and childhood memories? What about those who have not grown up with a true Christian faith?
Christmas is around the corner and we’re already in the first round of the annual scrap between Jesus and Santa. Sometimes I wonder whether or not this annual throw-down is more about us needing the drama? As a Christian, sometimes I’m embarrassed. I feel like everywhere I go, one of my brothers or sisters in Christ is giving people the third degree on why Santa is evil or why they shouldn’t be saying Seasons Greetings or Happy Holidays.
I would ask us to stop for a moment and let’s just look at this logically. For those of us who are Believers, have chosen to follow Jesus and are currently trying to follow His teachings; let’s think about this scenario: With everything we know about Jesus, would He really give that check-out girl a piece of His mind because she accidentally said Happy Holidays?
We so easily jumped to conclusions. Perhaps, her employer has asked her to greet people in way? Perhaps, it’s a higher directive, as a company policy for that chain of stores? Maybe it’s just me, but I think Jesus would be far to concerned with the young gal’s well-being, to even acknowledge how she greeted Him.
Now granted, I’m not saying it’s wrong to reply with a hardy Merry Christmas. Leaving the check-out girl to ponder her initial greeting is not going to hurt anything. But in reality, she likely won’t give it a second thought. Maybe she has no idea about the connection between Jesus and Christmas? Maybe she doesn’t even know the connection between Jesus and Christ?
We’d be far better off bringing her a pastry from the bakery, that she can save for her next break (from the Christmas chaos). Inside the bag, maybe leave a card or note, explaining a bit about the true Christmas story. Say ‘Merry Christmas‘ when you hand that to her! You might just see far greater results in battling Santa Claus and his dreaded ‘Happy Holidays‘!
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION:
1. What initial thoughts come to mind after seeing this video clip?
2. How does your family incorporate Jesus and/or Santa Claus as part of your Christmas traditions?
3. What do you think Jesus thinks of Santa Claus?
4. How can we best tell others about the true meaning of Christmas without disregarding their family traditions?
5. As a group, try to recite/recount the true Christmas story as if someone had never heard it before.
6. Look up Luke 2:1-20. How did you do? Did you forget any details?
What’s your opinion on the cultural battle between Jesus and Santa?
Here’s this lesson’s video clip by Igniter Media titled “Jesus And Santa”.