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Slide 2 From Secular to Sacred From Santa to SaviorFrom Santa to Savior From Holiday to Holy DayFrom Holiday to Holy Day From Decoration to DevotionFrom Decoration to Devotion From Getting to GivingFrom Getting to Giving Slide 3 From Santa to Savior Slide 4 Slide 5 When Virginia O'Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl from New York City, sent a letter addressed to the newspaper The Sun in 1897, she asked a very simple question: "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" In what must have been a surprise to her, the question was answered quite frankly. After calling out Virginia's "little friends" for doubting the existence of Santa Claus and being clouded by an age of skepticism, the writer of the article, Francis Pharcellus Church, gave his straightforward reply, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Slide 6 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Slide 7 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Slide 8 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa Slide 9 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa Santa Claus originated as a mispronunciation of Dutch Sinterklaas, which in turn is a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas (Saint Nicholas). Slide 10 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa What is he like? Slide 11 Santa Is Like Jesus! Some comparisons from Cutting Edge Website Has white hair and a beard Hour of his coming is a mystery Is a carpenter Is Omnipotent Is Omniscient Is Omnipresent Slide 12 Santa Is Like Jesus! Some comparisons from Cutting Edge Website Lives Forever Gives Gifts Bids Children Come To Him Children Can Ask Him For Anything Judges If You Are Good Or Bad Brings Peace Slide 13 THE SANTA CAUSE Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa What is he like? What is the emphasis? What is the truth? What should we say? Slide 14 THE SAVIORS CAUSE A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20 Slide 15 Luke 2:1-20 Please turn to this passage in your Bible. Slide 16 THE SAVIORS CAUSE A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20 Fulfilled Prophecy Examples of Prophecy Slide 17 Isaiah 7:14 Born of a Virgin Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Slide 18 Matthew 1:18, 24-25 Born of a Virgin This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Slide 19 Psalm 2:7 Son of God He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Slide 20 Matthew 3:17 Son of God And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Slide 21 Jeremiah 23:5-6 Family of David "The days are coming," declares the LORD,"when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land Slide 22 Luke 3:23-32 Family of David The Genealogy of Jesus Slide 23 Micah 5:2 Born In Bethlehem But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Slide 24 Matthew 2:1-5 Born In Bethlehem Please turn to this passage in your Bible. Slide 25 Isaiah 7:14 Called Immanuel (God with us) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Slide 26 Matthew 1:22-23 Called Immanuel (God with us) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us." Slide 27 THE SAVIORS CAUSE A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20 Fulfilled Prophecy Examples of Prophecy The Impact of Prophecy Proof! The God-Man Philippians 2:5-11 Slide 28 Philippians 2:5-11 Please turn to this passage in your Bible. Slide 29 What Should We Do? Tell your children the truth. Be tactful Explain the history of St. Nicholas Explain that our focus is on Jesus birth Tell the incredible story! Explain Santa is a fun decoration. Dont upset other children.