Santa Claus and Other Christmas Traditions

What's your perspective on the celebration of Christmas? How do you understand the meaning of the holiday, and what are your feelings about some of the more "fanciful" symbols and traditions, including Santa Claus, that have become such a big part of it?

As an evangelical Christian organization, we have very strong feelings about the importance of preserving and emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas. In fact, we believe that this special date in the church calendar should be observed in a spirit of sacredness.

At its heart, Christmas is a celebration of God’s love and His gracious decision to send His only Son into the world as a human being to redeem sinners. It’s the birthday of Jesus, the One who was born to a virgin and who grew up to give his life as a perfect sacrifice for mankind. If you are interested in learning more about this, we’d like to invite you to call and speak with one of our pastoral counselors.

When it comes to Santa Claus, Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen and the many other secular and semi-secular traditions that have become attached to our celebration of Christmas in the western world, Focus on the Family does not encourage a specific viewpoint. Some families enjoy these aspects of the Christmas season; others consider them detractions from the true meaning of the holiday. It’s not our place to contradict either of these perspectives; instead, our view is that everyone should be “fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).


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