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It is a time when we come together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

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To gain a proper perspective on Santa Claus we first need to look at the celebration of Christmas it’s self.

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In the early Christian churches the birth of Jesus was not celebrated, only his death, burial, and resurrection.

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The church leaders of the 4th century decided to hold the celebration on the 25th in order to gain popularity among the many other winter celebrations going on in that day.

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Christmas continued for a while until in the 17th century the Puritans actually cancelled the celebration because they found no basis for it in the Bible.

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For nearly 100 years there was no country wide Christmas celebration allowed in the newly founded United States, only pockets of rebels.

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Even though Christmas had gained popularity again, it did not become a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

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The legend on Santa Claus can be trace back to a monk named St. Nicholas that lived hundreds of years ago.

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The name Santa Claus actually evolved from Nick’s Dutch name, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of SintNikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas).

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In the 1840s stores started using a live Santa to lure children, and their parents, into their store.

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By the 1890s the Salvation Army began to dress their employees up like Santa to earn the money needed for the free meals they gave to needy families.

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With our celebrations today the problem is not whether or not to include Santa Claus. The problem is more centered on trying to use a holiday to teach our children about Jesus.

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We should be teaching our children about Jesus all year. They should know his story from beginning to end and all that he does for us in everyday life.

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If this has been taught all year long, then Christmas can be a time of not only celebrating the birth of Jesus, but also the Spirit of giving as represented by Santa Claus.

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You can use Christmas morning to explain to them that how they feel at that moment is how others feel when they give to them.

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If we keep Christ in all our lives, and not just Christmas, the holidays can be a great time spent enjoying many of the modern customs we have today without going against our faith.

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History has proven that commercializing something is not always a bad thing. If combined with the proper knowledge it can help spread the good news of God’s son Jesus Christ.

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