Santa Claus is not real, but the story of Santa Claus is based on a real person.

The myth of Santa Claus probably began with a real man who lived a long time ago. He was a Christian man from Turkey who was called Saint Nicholas of Myra. His parents left him money when they died, and he gave the money away to the poor. Saint Nicholas became a priest and was always giving things away and helping other people. He'd give gifts without telling whom they were from and he'd throw bags of money down people's chimneys at night.

After Saint Nicholas died, people began celebrating him by leaving food for him and straw for his donkey. They said that he'd take the treats and replace them with toys for the kids who'd been good.

At Christmastime, we need to focus on Jesus Christ. Talk to your parents and friends about how God the Father sent Jesus to be born in a manger so he could grow up to die on the cross to pay for our sins. Christmas is the time we remember God's love for us. Saint Nicholas may have been a loving man, but he's not as important as Jesus!

Bible Truth

"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. He will rule forever over his people, who came from Jacob's family. His kingdom will never end'" (Luke 1:30–33).

"So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. There was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:4–7).



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