BELIEVE: James E. Faust on Santa Claus

Today’s Merry Monday freebie is a fabulous Christmas quote by James E. Faust about how the way of Santa Claus is the way of Jesus. I’ve been thinking about this topic because my 8-year-old has realized the truth about Santa. We had “the talk” and I shared this idea with her … that what is real is the Spirit of Christmas … of Christ, that is embodied in the figure of Santa. All that is good, cheerful, kind, and selfless is definitely something I BELIEVE in.

To download the 5×7 print, click on the image above to enlarge. Save it to your computer and print away. This would make a great little print to slip in a neighbor gift. Enjoy!


Background paper by Shabby Princess (Sugar Plum Dreams)
Santa image by Laurie Furnell at

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20 replies
  1. Marne
    Marne says:

    I can’t believe Hannah doesn’t believe in Santa! Some kids learn early. I am still lucky over here. Braden still believes at 10! Cute quote too, although I can’t click on it for some reason.

  2. Lyndi
    Lyndi says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! This too has been on my mind lately since my 9 yr old is really questioning the Santa thing this year & I wanted a way to explain how I still Believe, just not in the same way as she has been & I use to. This is perfect! You are an answer to my prayer, thank you soooooo much for sharing this!

  3. NOEMI
    NOEMI says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this thought. I didn’t realize how much of a similarity Santa Claus had with our Savior Jesus Christ…No wonder I still believe in him. =)

  4. Amy Stocking
    Amy Stocking says:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and your willingness to share!
    I do not have a creative mind and I am so thankful for people like you who do!
    I made quiet books for my 3yr old and 1 1/2 yr old and also Articles of Faith cards for my 10 and 12 yr olds. I think they will love them.
    Thank You!!!!

  5. Jena
    Jena says:

    Thanks for sharing this – my kids are 9, 7, 4, and 2 and all believe, but this will help me be prepared for when they ask. A favorite Christmas book of ours is “I Believe In Santa Claus” by Diane Adamson, I recommend it if you haven’t read it. I still believe!

  6. brnea
    brnea says:

    I LOVE – LOVE this!! Passing it on to my daughter who tells her children that Santa isn’t real. I don’t know where that came from…I still say when you stop believing he stops coming!! I still believe 🙂

  7. lisa
    lisa says:

    thanks for sharing this and it’s so beautifully presented. I LOVE Santa and this is a great way to relate him to Christ. I LOVE this.

  8. kimber
    kimber says:

    Sooo cute. (We don’t believe in him here, sigh…) Love the quote. Love love love the presentation too. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ashleigh
    Ashleigh says:

    Love this quote. My 8 year old daughter and I had a smilar conversation with my 8 year old. Another great book to include with this is “I Believe In Santa” gives great comparison to Santa Clause and Jesus Christ.

  10. lisa
    lisa says:

    I had this printed as a 16×20, it is framed and over the mantle for Christams. the colors came our gorgeous (i ordered through smugmug). thanks for this!!!!

  11. liz coleman
    liz coleman says:

    Do you happen to have a link to the original quote? I can’t seem to find it anywhere and he mentions “what someone once said” about Santa Claus. I just wondered if there was a reference to it included in the original transcript. Either way, I love it! Thanks!

  12. Patty
    Patty says:

    I truly love this quote. I am trying to plan a Christmas talk I was asked to give and would like to find the original talk that he put this in. Does anyone know what the talk was called so I can find it.?

  13. Chels
    Chels says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I linked to it last year on a Santa post I did on my blog. I ‘BELIEVE’!

    Liz & Patty– I searched hard for James E. Faust’s talk, The Man Who Would Be Santa, last year and found the transcript on the BYU speeches website. Luckily I downloaded the PDF because it’s no longer available and besides a summary of the devotional on LDS Church News ( the talk is nowhere to be found on any other sites. email me at cjeheart at if you want me to send you the file

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