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Strong By Design Podcast

Dec 21, 2022


Merry Christmas! Hosts Jared Haley and Chris Wilson talk about the true meaning of Christmas, what is Christmas Spirit and how they talk about Santa Claus and Jesus with their children. They also recount some of their favorite Christmas moments and share some hilarious stories about the magic of Santa. 

Christmas is a time of reflection and pause...  

A time to remember how blessed we are in this life and for the year that is ending. A time to focus on what truly matters. A time to give back to other people and show you care for them. A time to smile more, be grateful for the life you have, the people who are in it and let your light shine for others to see. A time of hope, love, light, singing, celebration and giving.  The greatest time of the year not measured in what you get but in what you have with family, friends and loved ones. 

Christmas is the day our Savior was born. The day that will forever change who we are and how we live our lives forever. The day 'the most talked about man who ever lived' was born. A day of celebration for Jesus of Nazareth - Hallelujah for Jesus Christ our King on His birthday. 


“Our kids, even when they do believe Santa is real, they understand the hierarchy -- that Jesus is more important and will always be important than giving gifts from Santa Claus. And the gift that Jesus gives is way more important than anything you’re gonna receive.” -- Jared Haley 


Scripture for today’s episode: 

John 3:16 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." 


Isaiah 7:14 

Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 


Luke 1:35 

And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God." 

Isaiah 9:6 
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  
Matthew 2:10-12 

When they [the wise men] saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. 


Time Stamps  

00:00 – How Santa Claus points us to Jesus 

00:25 – Welcome to the 'Strong By Design' podcast 

03:40 – Hosts Jared Haley and Chris Wilson on what Christmas makes them feel 

11:55 – Is it okay for Christians to believe in Santa? 

18:10 – The true spirit of Christmas giving 

23:40 – Jared and Chris share their respective family’s Christmas traditions 

29:39 – Is Santa real? How to respond when your kid asks about Santa 

36:35 – Bible verses about the true meaning of Christmas 

45:48 – Jared and Chris on how you can enjoy Santa while honoring Jesus 


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