Should Santa Go To Church?

Family / Holidays / Leadership / Parenting / The Church //

Last year, on Christmas Sunday I was visiting a new thriving church in the Twin Cities.

I was surprised to see Santa in the lobby.

Kids were waiting in line to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and to get their picture taken.

I have never seen Santa at church before and didn’t even know that he was a believer.


Admittedly Santa is a controversial figure in the church world.

I discovered this early on when I announced to the 200 kids in my Sunday School class that “everyone knows that Santa isn’t real”.

I was really popular the following week as I received more letters and phone calls than the lead pastor did.

Apparently all the kids in my class did not know that Santa was pretend.

Some of them thought he was real, that is, until I spilled the beans.

After this joyful holiday experience I decided not to talk about Santa at church as folks have some strong opinions.

Some parents enjoy playing the Santa game while others feel that it is lying to their children.

It was much easier for me to just pretend that Santa did not exist in the church world.

You can imagine my surprise to see kids getting their pictures taken with Santa at church.

Then I thought, maybe Santa could bring new families to church.

What do you think?

Should Santa go to church or not?





About the Author

Pastor, filmmaker, coach and comic book collector, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church Curriculum series, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. Mark and his wife Debra have two adult children, one grandchild and one Yorkie who thinks he's a german shepherd.