St. Nicholas is thought to be a fine old saint in the church, but not so. It is true that there may have been a Nicholas, bishop of Myra, who lived in the fourth century and was said to have helped the poor. But Santa Claus was named after another “old Nick.”
The legend of Santa Claus is quite similar to those of the ancient Egyptian god, Bes. Bes was a short rotund god who was said to give gifts to children. They were told he lived in the far north, where he spent most of the year making toys for them.
The Roman god, Saturn, was similar—and probably copied from Bes. He too was said to live in the northern- most part of the world, making gifts for children who were good. The Romans said he was the one who, each December, brought them the gifts of the new year.
The names, “Santa Claus” and “Kriss Kringle,” do not go as far back into history. “Sant Nikolaas” (Sant- Ni-Klaus) and “Kriss Kringle” are from the German “Christ Krindl,” or “Christ Child.” So we have here a counterfeit Christ.
Parents punish their children for telling falsehoods, then tell them this big one in December! Later, when their children are grown, they wonder why they question the existence of God.
Teach your children about Jesus Christ—their best Friend, their only Saviour, and the only One who can really bring them the gifts they need. Do not waste time telling them myths; lest, when they grow older, they will not believe the realities you tell them of.
Christmas, Easter, and Halloween
by Vance Ferrell