Santa Claus used as a metaphor for Jesus Christ
Common trope in children's Christmas Specials. It's christmas time, but someone is questioning their faith. Not in Jesus, but in Santa Claus. Maybe their elders have told them that Santa does not exist, or maybe they have come to that conclusion themselves once they realize that it's impossible to visit that many houses in one night. Either way, by the end of the episode, the character has learned An Aesop about faith. It's almost as if Santa Claus functions as a metaphor for Jesus. This is a prime candidate for Analogy Backfire, since Santa does not, in fact, exist in Real Life. Inverted by many Hollywood Atheists, who will compare belief in Jesus to belief in Santa.
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