"Santa Claus is not real. The man you're going to meet today is a man wearing a suit like a costume and it's make-believe. It's not real," said the pastor.
Santa Claus comes to your house and leaves gifts for children on Christmas Eve: This is what everyone has heard as a child, but this pastor does not seem to be a fan of the jolly old man.
Pastor David Grisham, a self-described Christian evangelist, spoke about Christmas to children and their parents at the Santa Claus House in the North Pole, Alaska. In the viral video shared on his Facebook account, he is seen saying to the camera: "Today I am going to tell the kids here at the North Pole in Alaska at the Santa house that there is no such thing as Santa Claus and that Christmas is about Jesus."
Later in the video, which has since received thousands of views, Grisham is seen walking inside the Christmas-themed house, decorated with jingle bells and parents and kids standing in line to see Santa.
He says: "Hi folks, hi kids, my name is Pastor David, and I wanted to tell you guys that the real reason for the season for Christmas is about Jesus." He then says Jesus Christ was born in Israel and that Christmas is all about him.
"I wanted to tell you, kids, today too that Santa Claus does not exist. Santa Claus is not real. The man you're going to meet today is a man wearing a suit like a costume and it's make-believe. It's not real."
He continued: "Your parents have been telling you a story that is not true. There are no reindeer, flying reindeer."
Grisham's rant is then interrupted by an employee of the store asking him not to interfere in people's beliefs. But the pastor continues his rant as he departs.
His views didn't go down well with Facebook users, as the video received several negative comments. One user said: "Also, Jesus never rose from death, wasn't born from a virgin, never walked on water." Another said: "Someone knock those crooked teeth of his out please."