Santa Claus is Biblical!!

Several people have expressed concerns about celebrating pagan symbols, such as Santa Claus, at Christmas, since he is a "lie".   Well- I am here to lay all your concerns to rest, because the Old Testament prophesies of Santa!!! So let’s open up our Old Testaments, shall we?

Zechariah prophesies:

Upon the four and twentieth day . . . came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah . . . the prophet, saying,

I saw by night, and beheld a man riding upon a red horse, . . . and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

[. . .]

And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.

[. . .]

Then  lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold . . . horns . . . com[ing] from the land of the north.

[. . .]

I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a . . . line in his hand.

Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To . . . Jerusalem, to . . . the breadth thereof, and . . . the length thereof.

And behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him.

And said unto him, Run, speak to this . . . man, saying,

[. . .]

Ho, ho, come forth . . . from the land of the north, saith the Lord.

Zechariah 1:7 – 2:6 (emphasis added).

Take that, Santa-haters!  Santa is right there in the Bible!! I rest my case about Santa Claus. He lives!

(And it took one of the members of my Teacher’s Quorum to point that out to me during what had been a great lesson on Christmas symbolism, centered around my Tannenbaum essay.)

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10 Responses to Santa Claus is Biblical!!

  1. harpingheather says:

    I still won’t be teaching my kids about Santa. It’s Christmas, not Santamas and I want them to know that from their earliest memories.

    Other people will do as their consciences dictate, but mine won’t let me teach my children something that I myself don’t believe.

  2. Jordan says:

    Hey- it was a joke Heather! I agree with you about Santa being kinda silly. I thought it was funny (after HEAVY editing) to find a prophesy about him in the new testament…

  3. I like folklore… And Santa is a folkloric image of kindness, virtue, and evenhandedness (in principle, even poor kids get the joy of Santa). So I don’t mind if kids “believe” in Santa…

  4. harpingheather says:

    Jordon– I’m sorry. I did enjoy your joke. I guess the Santa issue has been getting to me more than I thought. It was a cute post. :)

  5. Jordan says:

    Oops- I mean OLD Testament.

    Thanks for that folkloric glimpse of the man in red, RT!

  6. Sarebear says:

    Nice! Heavily edited or not!

    It made me think of a picture I’ve seen, where Santa is kneeling, hat off, to the Christ child in his manger.

    The first few times I saw that, years ago, I had feelings of discomfort (nothing wrong with Santa Claus, IMHO, I mean of a GA gets up at Conference and says he’s helping his grandkids trick or treat, and not to be concerned about stuff like that, and let kids have their fun, then Claus is fine) whenever I saw it. Because it felt so . . . I don’t know?

    But maybe I’ve loosened up in intervening years. It’s not as though anyone I’ve heard of worships Santa, and if Santa WERE real, he’d be the type of guy to be a Christian. I mean, he’d haveta be, given it’s Christmas, although the world would probably say otherwise, now. But I just see it as a nod to the reason for the season, and harmless, at that.

    I wonder what others have thought of this pic?

  7. Gunner says:

    I love it. Sometimes people get overly serious.

  8. Jordan says:

    lol, Gunner.

    Thanks for visiting us over here!

  9. Jordan,

    This is just the coolest thing ever. It’s up there with the wind-up, moving plastic sushi RT got for Christmas a couple of years ago.

  10. Mark B. says:

    Ah, Virginia [and Heather], there will always be a Santa.

    Time to lighten up.

    But, if you can’t do that, remember that it’s “Christmas”, from Christ’s Mass. When’s the last time you remember going to mass at your local ward? When did you last hear that December 25 was in fact the actual day of the Savior’s birth? And, where, oh where, did you find that verse in the scripture that suggests that our celebration of Christ was to include a special celebration of one day a year–his birthday?

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