The Santa Claus Movie: He Is Always Joyful
ALERT! SPOILER AHEAD:
In the Christmas comedy Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus, starring Steve Guttenberg and Crystal Bernard, Santa Claus is preparing to retire, and his son Nick played by Guttenberg is next in line to take over his dad’s long-time role as Santa. However, there is one catch. Santa must find a bride before December 26th.
In his endeavor to meet the future Mrs. Claus, Nick finds himself in some precarious situations. The most challenging one is to convince his hopeful bride-to-be, Beth Sawtelle played by Crystal Bernard, that she is the one he wants to marry and that he really is Santa.
I’ve seen many Christmas movies, but what I enjoyed about this one is how joyful Santa was regardless of what he faced. In fact, in one scene the holiday shoppers are hustling and bustling about, shopping for last minute items, as they abruptly bump into Nick, without any apologies. He apologizes to them, followed by his famous Santa Claus laugh, “ho, ho, ho!”
No matter what seems to be happening around him, he keeps a positive and joyous attitude.
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking that if you were Santa you’d be jolly all the time, too. However, something should be said about not letting the everyday hustle and bustle of life disrupt our joy.
In the Bible it is written in the book of James 1:2, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (ESV). What? Count all the annoyances, trials, and hardships as “all joy.” That seems IMPOSSIBLE! Yet it is a suggestion, a directive from James.
Matthew Henry’s commentary on this subject reads, “Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God’s love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it.”
Christmas time does seem to lift the energy in people, elevate their hopes, and unearth altruism, but does it have to end when the Christmas season ends?
In the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, for Christian Scientists, the founder and discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.” She intends for the word Soul here to mean God.
But how does one keep his or her joy in God? By God’s Holy, Living Spirit.
The joys of the world are temporal, yet does that mean God wants us to be walking around as if nothing here can bring us joy? No! It means that regardless of what we do or do not celebrate, if we put a tree or not, if we get gifts or give them, our joy is still intact in God. However, I would love to trust the idea that God celebrates so we celebrate.
In the letter to the Philippians 4:4, the apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (ESV), So even if the world has the incorrect date of Jesus’s birth what is important is that we are rejoicing together to acknowledge the birth of our savior.
Santa Claus symbolizes more than just one season or one day. And though he has been criticized as well as Christmas itself, Santa Claus nor Christmas have to be labeled as un-Christ-like.
Rejoicing may often look like parties, food and gift giving.
The Christmas tree could symbolize the life of Christ at His birth, full, sturdy and decked in majesty and light before it was stripped down and used as a patibulum. The lights that people use to decorate outside their homes could be viewed as symbolizing the star that the wisemen followed to meet Christ. The gifts we exchange could very well be seen as demonstrations of gratitude for those in our experience whom we cherish.
Our attitude about Christmas will determine whether it is worth celebrating, but if looked at from Scrooge’s point of view before his revelation, it will seem like consumerism at its best. However, if seen through the eyes of Santa, then the negative attitude of others will not move you from your joy, and you too will be laughing, “ho, ho, ho.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, the apostle Paul wrote to those in Thessalonica, 16 “Rejoice evermore.”
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