Luke 1


Christ's Birth Announced to Mary
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"
29But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
34Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"
35And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.


Luke 2
Christ Born of Mary

The Birth of Jesus
 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

        14"Glory to God in the highest,
        And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"




A special letter from Santa:


Often I have been asked if I believe in God. I have also read many letters from children asking why is there a Santa Claus when Christmas is supposed to be the anniversary or the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ.  In today’s world, many people forget the truth about Christmas or have never really understood it.  We all know it’s a time to get presents and have a feast, normally a turkey dinner with all our family and friends.  There are also many people that don’t celebrate Christmas for one belief or another.  In spite of all the questions we have, the origin of Santa or what we may believe in, we know that Christmas time is a happy time and just about everyone wishes for “peace on earth”.


I remember when I was small and asked my mom and dad who is Santa Claus.  I was brought up being taught that Christmas was the birthday of  Jesus.  I think most of us know that December 25th, some 2000 years ago was not actually the date Jesus was born but is a day many choose to commemorate Jesus' birth. Many religions have different dates for this celebration.  Because my family is Dutch, our celebrations were on December 5th and our Santa was called Sinterklass or St. Nick for short.  When I asked that all important question… “Is Santa real?” this is what my parents said to me. 


“There was a Christian name St. Nicholas, that is where the Saint part comes from" they added, "and he was so happy because God gave to him a gift,  Jesus, who died for our us so we could have eternal life with God".  "St. Nicholas became so happy with God's love it became a mission for him to tell everyone he could." May parents added, "St. Nicholas was a very rich person but saw that his happiness was not in money and riches but in Gods love". "St. Nicholas shared his wealth by bringing  food and toys to children that were poor”.  So I thought this was really good because there is a Santa and he brought good things to people like presents and food.


Then there was the sad part about this story my parents added: “In the times of St. Nicholas, there were many people that hated Jesus or God and made a point of it by arresting these Christian people and put them in jail". "Eventually St. Nicholas was arrested and was put in jail to stop him from talking about Jesus". "This did not stop St. Nicholas and he continued to talk about Jesus even in jail".  "Eventually these men that jailed St. Nicholas had him killed”.   Now my heart was broken!  “Oh my” I said, “that is terrible that St. Nick is dead!”  My parents reassured me that because Jesus loves us so much that he died on the cross for all people's sins so we may have eternal life with God". My parents continued to say "because of God's love, we never really die and neither did St. Nick”.


This was wonderful news to me that we would never die and that St. Nick was still around.  Maybe not as he was but more less in a meaning and a way of celebrating Christmas.  The story of St. Nick still lives within us today in as a reminder of what Christmas really means. Because of how much St. Nicholas loved Jesus, and because of the many gifts he gave the poor children of his town, we still remember St. Nicholas at Christmas time. All of the gifts he gave, and all of the Christmas presents we give, are to remind us of the very best gift anyone ever gave: when God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ.


My parents told me that Santa (St. Nick) is very real. He lives in our hearts today. We know this to be true us as we see the happy and gleaming faces on Christmas day when we give gifts to each other. These delicious Christmas gifts are some of my favorite to give out to my loved ones to ensure that they are smiling Christmas day."


Christmas is not a day of celebrating ones beliefs for me but rather a day to commemorate the ultimate gift from God.  It doesn’t matter to me what you believe in as far as a particular Santa Claus, but I encourage everyone to celebrate Christmas by giving a gift to someone and allow that to remind yourself of the gift we all have received from God.


I find this meaning of Christmas to give me the purpose of being Santa Claus here.   Santa is very real to me and I believe that no matter where he is in our lives, at the North Pole or right in front of our mirror, Santa’s work of giving gifts to you to help remind you of the best gift of all, Jesus, is why Santa Claus is real.


I know that God is crazy about us and his love spans all of our lives from the North Pole right to your heart at home. God loves everyone regardless of your beliefs or non beliefs.  I have enjoyed every Christmas and now as Santa at, it brings me much happiness that I can continue sharing the gift of God like St. Nicholas did over 1700 years ago. 


Here is a photo of Santa kneeling at the manger praying to Jesus.  This photo helps me to be Santa for all the people that visit here.  I do pray to Jesus and thank Him for dying on the cross for my sins so I will never have pay for my sins in death. This is why this Santa Claus will also never die. I also pray to God for all my visitors that come here finds their peace on earth and receives the most precious gift of all, our Lord and Savior. 


Thank you for reading my story and God bless all of you. 




Santa Claus





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