Mall Santa

Santa2000 About a week ago, Em took the girls to go see Santa at the Northpark Mall. Turns out that Santa has a Ph.D. in child psychology from UT Austin (the jokes that come to mind are beyond listing here…) and he wrote his dissertation on children and Santa.

Every stop and wonder what the story is for various people in the mall during Christmas season? Or, at the Christmas Eve services in churches. I’ll see people at the HOCC Christmas Eve service that I’ll never see again…and I wonder why they come at Christmas. I wonder why they feel led to attend that night, and no other time.

They are Mall Santas. I don’t know their real story. But I wish I did.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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