“My spirit exalts in God My Savior” (Luke 1:47). “I bring you news of great joy… a Savior has been born to you” (Luke 2:30-31).
“The popularity of Santa Claus is astonishing. In one form or another he is is almost universally loved around the world, even in places where the Christian religion is completely without followers. In Japan, only one percent of the people identify themselves as Christian. But the spirit of Santa Claus and gift-giving has made Christmas a time for Japanese children to look forward to. Everywhere, the spirit of Santa Claus seems to play a larger role than the Incarnation in the sense of the excitement and the joy surrounding Christmas.
Barnhouse, D., “Is Anybody Up…
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