Jesus Christ is again proclaimed as the true meaning of Christmas in the second season of The Santa Clauses.
The new series on Disney+ is based on The Santa Clause film trilogy that featured Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Judge Reinhold and Martin Short.
The original The Santa Clause was released in 1994, followed by The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006.
In the TV series, Allen and Mitchell reprise their roles as Mr. and Mrs. Clause from the original films. Season one of the series comprises six episodes; the first premiered on November 16, 2022. The first two episodes of season two, which contains another six episodes, premiered last week.
In the second episode of season two, one elf at the North Pole is tasked with debriefing Santa Claus on the origins of the Christmas holiday.
“What we know as Santa, all began with Saint Nicholas honoring the birth of Jesus,” the elf says, before a fast-paced Santa tells the elf to skip forward several centuries.
The proclamation of Jesus may be the first reverent use of Jesus Christ’s name on a Disney+ program.
While many shows created by The Walt Disney Co. intentionally feature LGBT programming and propaganda, The Santa Clauses seems to be a welcome exception.
Why is this?
Perhaps because conservative-leaning actor Tim Allen is one of the series’ executive producers.
Before the first season of The Santa Clauses was released on Disney+, Allen gave an interview to The Wrap, saying that it was important to him that the series include a distinctly religious angle.
“It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters, and ghosts, and goblins. I said no, this is Christ-mas. Its Christ-mas. It literally is a religious holiday,” Allen said, adding,
We don’t have to blow trumpets, but I do want you to acknowledge it. That’s what this is about. If you want to get into Santa Claus, you’re gonna have to go back to history, and it’s all about religion.
As a description for the series notes, The Santa Clauses also features family as one of its most prominent themes,
The beloved franchise returns! Scott Calvin, after twenty-eight years, reigns true as Santa Claus, leader of the North Pole and Christmas.
With his family – Carol, Sandra, and Cal – by his side, and his elves at the reins, Scott Calvin contends with a changing world to keep the spirt of Christmas alive for a new generation.
You can watch a trailer for season 2 here:
It remains to be seen whether future episodes of The Santa Clauses will continue to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“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” (Isaiah, 9:6, ESV).
You can read Plugged In’s review of The Santa Clauses here.
As the season of Advent begins, and as we begin to say, “Merry Christmas,” we reflect on both Christ’s birth and his second coming.
Check out Focus on the Family’s broadcast Celebrating Advent as a Family. In addition, you can sign up to receive weekly devotionals that focus on the themes of Advent, and to receive activities for your kids to help them learn more about Christ’s arrival. You can sign up by clicking here.
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