Search for the real Santa


Take a peek at the life of the original Santa – a man named Saint Nicholas – to help kids understand that the real Santa was known for being generous.

Sadly today, the Santas your children are likely to encounter in stores tend to ask children, “What do you want for Christmas?” which can foster self-focused greed. To counter this perspective, find and share a story about Saint Nicholas, who was generous and focused on giving to others.

Encourage your children to be generous, like the original Santa, by challenging them to consider “What can we give this Christmas?”

Read Acts 20:35 together and ask your children, “How can we spread the joy of Jesus by being kind to the needy?” Each time you see a Santa, remind your children that the original Santa became famous for being generous.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 14:21 “He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.

Proverbs 14:31 “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

1 John 3:17 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?