Why does Santa hate Jewish kids?

I saw this tongue-in-cheek question posted by one of my Jewish Facebook friends, and it inspired these thoughts… “Why does Santa hate Jewish kids?”

I grew up a secular Jew, son of a Jewish Mom and agnostic Dad (who was an altar boy at an Anglican church as a kid). We celebrated Christmas every year, and I loved it. Santa was a welcome fixture in our household come December, and as kids, my brothers and I waited for him to give us presents under our Christmas tree.

So, since my brothers and I (all Jewish) freely celebrated Christmas as kids, one conclusion can be discerned from my friend’s tongue-in-cheek question.

Santa doesn’t hate Jewish kids. Jewish families hate Santa.

I became a Christian in 2006 – at the age of almost 37 years old… I had celebrated 38 Christmases at the time and, admittedly, associated Santa with “Christianity.”

It amazes me – now that I am a Christian – how far away this is from the truth.

The idea of a generous, rosy-cheeked, fat man coming in the middle of the night and giving presents is not at all Biblical. Granted, the story has “Christian” roots in that St. Nick was a real person who was really generous with gifts around Christmas time.

Still, in most households of the world that celebrate Christmas, I don’t think I am stretching when I say that Jesus is rarely mentioned.

As a result, I say to my friend and all other Jewish folks who are so “allergic” to Christmas time… get a tree… invite Santa in… and have some fun with it!

Just don’t make a Christmas ham.

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.