Most of you are probably familiar with the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” written by J. Fred Coots and Henry Gillespie early in the 20th Century, but have you ever examined the lyrics to the song? The character they portray (Santa) bears a striking resemblance to the Lord Jesus.
If you have been lying to your children about Santa Claus, you have been encouraging a belief (if even just “in fun”) in a false christ. If you are a Christian, “for goodness’ sake” repent of this nonsense and spend your time extolling Jesus and leave the idols to the lost.
The following Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, and the lyrics are from Christmas Songs.
It is not only remarkable to me the number of ways Santa rips off Jesus, but there are several notable similarities between Santa’s yearly coming and the anticipated return of the Lord Jesus. If you give children yearly encouragement to expect the coming of someone who never comes, how much patience can we expect them to show regarding the return of the Lord Jesus?
You better watch out
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming,” Matthew 24:42.
You better not cry
Better not pout
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready,” Revelation 19:7.
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20.
He’s making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:12,15.
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men,” Psalm 33:13.
“Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You,” Psalm 139:12.
“I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left,” Luke 17:34.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, you know it altogether,” Psalm 139:1-4.
Those are just a few of the similarities that can be found between Santa and Jesus, leading to the undeniable conclusion that Santa Claus is a false christ and has no place among Christians anymore than Satan himself. For a thorough comparison of thirty-seven different traits, check out James W. Knox’s booklet Santa Claus: The Great Counterfeit.