Better than Santa

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

BetterThanSantaSThis is a reworked version of ‘Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus’, with an added activity for you to use with it.

Why Jesus is Better than Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole…
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa comes but once a year…
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…
JESUS stands at the door and knocks, awaiting our invitation

You have to wait in line to see Santa…
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap…
JESUS lets us rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, and has to ask “Hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?”…
JESUS knew our name before we were born

Santa says “You better not cry”…
JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa brings toys…
JESUS brings life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and lives.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree…
JESUS is God’s GIFT to us and died on a tree…the cross, so we can be forgiven and know God

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

ACTIVITY

Invite young people in small groups to look over the list of characteristics of Jesus below and share which one of these means the most to them. This can work equally well with non-Christian young people – you can simply say which quality would mean the most to them as they learn about who Jesus is.

To add a visual and a tactile aspect, print these qualities onto cards that young people can choose and hold as they share. Download a print ready version of the cards: Better Than Santa Cards (34KB)

  • JESUS is EVERYWHERE
  • JESUS is an ever present HELP
  • JESUS stands at the door and KNOCKS, awaiting our invitation
  • JESUS is as CLOSE as the mention of His name
  • JESUS lets us REST in His arms
  • JESUS knew our NAME before we were born
  • JESUS says “Cast all your CARES on me for I care for you.”
  • JESUS brings LIFE, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and live
  • JESUS is God’s GIFT to us so we can be forgiven and know God