I've been met by families of all faiths, including Jewish and Muslim. Even casual Christians. It is not up to me to preach a sermon or try to convert them, but to just show them the love and joy that I represent.
But, to the Christian family that approaches me, and specifically mentions Jesus, then I will share my faith.
I will tell the children, "If there had never been Jesus, there would never be a Santa Claus." I will show them the embroidered right hand sleeve of my coat, which has baby Jesus, being guarded by a huge angel, with a shinning star above. Christian children like to know that Santa is a believer, and that the word "Believe", that is thrown around so much at Christmas time, now has a much deeper meaning.
And often, (and I'm sure this has happened to many of you) a family will approach me with all kinds of requests:
"Hey Santa, I lost my job four months ago - got anything in your magic bag for me?"
"Santa, my mom is going for cancer treatments. I really want her to be well."
"Santa, I want daddy home for Christmas - that's all I really want."
Children and adults will both view Santa as some sort of miracle worker, maybe as a last chance request, maybe just out of hope. My reply is always the same.
" I am but a humble maker of toys. I have no power to create miracles on my own. But, would you like me to pray for you?"
I have never received, "no" for an answer. I will get up from my chair, join hands with the family, and there, right in Santa's House, often with onlookers present, will pray out loud whatever prayer the Holy Spirit puts in my heart. I will hug each family member before they leave, and let them know that they will be constantly in my prayers.
Then, I 'll go right back to the business of posing for photos, hearing requests, ho ho hoing and creating the best Santa Claus experience for all to have.