“The word “Christmas” comes from two old words: Christes maesse. It means, “the Mass of Christ.” This comes from the Catholic Mass, the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross during the time of Communion.” Quote from “What are the origins of Christmas?” CARM.**
Just a little something to mull over.
Aside from Santa being a lie, I’ve noticed something about one of his many names, this particular one I’m talking about is ‘Father Christmas’.
Take away the mas(s) in Father Christmas and what do you get – Father Christ. The word Christ-mas seems to literally mean the mass of Father Christ, which agrees with the above statement.
How confusing for children, especially the children of Christian parents who are teaching their children that God is above all, yet apparently so is Santa/Father Christmas.
They can’t both be above all. Only God is.
If we on the one hand are teaching that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17, and that only God is omnipresent and omniscient, then why are we teaching them that Santa is the same? It confuses me as an adult that parents are doing this, so how much more so would a child be confused?!
If you think about it, really think about it, you will see that Santa/Father Christmas is the world’s version of Jesus.
2. he is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent,
3. he gives good gifts etc.
They love him because no matter what, they always get good presents.
This is also subliminally and subconsciously teaching children the doctrine of a works salvation, which is a Catholic doctrine. (Coincidentally Father Christmas is a Catholic ‘saint’ called St Nicholas as well as all his other names. Another one is Kris Kringle, which is literally translated as little Christ child.)
As we know, Jesus is no longer a little baby in a manger, nor is He a fat man in a red suit, nor is He dead.
Really, he is the unsaved world’s version of Jesus.
Do you really want to be confusing your children, and teaching them a false doctrine of works earns good things, ie salvation? The Bible of course teaches salvation by faith alone in Jesus’ sacrificial and atoning death on the cross, not by anything we can do to earn it.
If you have promoted this false god to your children, I urge you to repent, to stop doing it, seek the Lord’s forgiveness and not do it again.
I think you will find that most children will be very understanding if you explain the truth to them (in a way they can understand) and they are very forgiving if you apologise to them.
I did it with mine and I didn’t have any problems. Sure, it took some time for them to get used to it all, but now it isn’t an issue. (Aside from the fact that they never like him in the first place, but that’s beside the point. I still tried to push Santa onto my children and they, being innocent and trusting, believed my lies. It still makes me feel bad to this day that I went to so much trouble to try to get them to believe in it all.
**Please note: I am not necessarily endorsing CARM, just the quote provided.