How do Christians feel about ________? Regardless of how you fill in the blank, the answer will depend on which Christian you ask. I just want to poll the audience on this one: What does your family do with Santa Claus?
The cartoons below express radically different viewpoints. In one, Santa is portrayed almost as an enemy of Jesus. In the other, he bows his head and worships. Is there anything left of Saint Nicolas in our modern Santa?
There is a third option. Some families watch Christmas specials that feature Santa Claus and celebrate “that special feeling of the holidays” and also read the Bible and honor the birth of Jesus. You could hang stockings and put up a manger scene. You could light a Christmas tree and light the candles of an Advent wreath. Is celebrating with the culture while keeping the faith an offense to both?
UPDATE: I held my piece for a few days and tried to give everyone a chance. Here is my response.