Santa of Jesus?
Jolly, fat, dresses in a red suit with fur trim. Has a wide belt and black boots. Sports a full white beard. Keeps a list of who is “naughty” and who is “nice”. He refers to this list when deciding to give gifts, which he does once a year. The naughty get coal and the nice get good toys. Rides in a sleigh pulled by magical reindeer that fly. Lives in the North Pole and has elves that make the toys that he gives out each Christmas.
Santa gives up one night of the year so the deserving boys and girls could get toys and such that will not last.
Looks pretty much like any other Jewish male of his time. As a man he was poor, but in reality Jesus is the King of kings. Jesus knew everything about you before the world was formed, every action, every thought, every sin, and because of that He gave up his throne to live among us so that through his death he could give us his righteousness, his holiness, his perfection, his joy, his peace, his healing, his authority. In fact, if you are on Santa’s naughty list you are the one Jesus died for so you could share in all his riches. He offers these and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, eternal life, and fellowship with God the father to anyone who would simply receive him and believe him. He is the gift God gave to us one Christmas and this treasure of fellowship with God can be received anytime of the year, and never wears out. It is eternal.
Jesus gave of himself completely so that we might receive all that he is. The offer is to all of us because no one is worthy. There is no one on the “nice” list, but by his shed blood on the cross he moves us into his own home in heaven to fellowship with him always.
This is just a quick comparison, and it only bears up if Santa were a real person. We know there was a historical Saint Nicholas, but he has been dead for close to 1700 years. In contrast we also know that Jesus was a historical person and although he died some 2000 years ago he rose again and is alive forever. So when Christmas rolls around this year, who are you going to choose?