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You better watch out.  You better not cry.  You better not pout.  I’m tellin’ you why.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s makin’ a list.  And checkin’ it twice.  Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

You know, I’ve sung that song so many times, but today the words made me laugh.

Santa’s making a list and checking it twice to see who’s naughty and nice.  Maybe that’s why Mrs. Claus never rides in the sleigh with Santa as he delivers all those toys.  Because he’s keeping long accounts of wrongs.  Mrs. Claus probably doesn’t want to spend Christmas Eve listening to Santa remind her of the day that she burned his favorite cookies or talk about the spot on their carpet that’s there because she forgot to let the reindeer out.  I don’t know.  I’m just sayin’.

Maybe Santa should keep shorter accounts.  Maybe he should forgive.  You know, like God.

God knows all of the things that we’ve done wrong, but He loves us anyway.  He doesn’t give us coal in our stocking.  Nope.  He gave us the best gift ever – Jesus.  God saw how messed up we were and He sent His only Son to come be born here on the earth and live like us, only Jesus never sinned.  Then Jesus died on the cross for all those things that we have done wrong.  And it didn’t end there.  Three days later Jesus came back to life again!  All of that even though we should have been on His “naughty list.”

When we choose to believe in Jesus, He doesn’t put our name on a naughty or nice list that can change at any moment.  No, He puts our name in His Book of Life.  And we can know Him today and know for sure that we will be with Him in heaven someday.  What an amazing gift!  AND He sends all those wrong things that we did way down to the bottom of the ocean, or as far as the east is from the west.

Santa is fun and all, but I choose to celebrate Jesus.