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Serita Jakes


Author, latest, There Really Is A Santa Claus, 2013)

Founder, AmeriSearch, Inc. – a publishing company dedicated to the historical research/preservation of America’s heritage

Host of TV show, Faith in History, & daily radio show, American Minute

Rep. Congressional candidate against House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt in 1998 & 2000 elections

Speaker before Congressmen, Senators, political conventions; Appeared on CSPAN, FOX, and O’Reilly Factor

Graduated from Saint Louis University with an Accounting/Business degree

Previous Appearance


William Federer: The History of Christmas Traditions

By The 700 Club OF SANTA CLAUS
William states, “To enter into the Christmas spirit, it is necessary to remember the Christmas story of the birth of Christ. One should also remember that there really was a Santa Claus, the godly St. Nicholas, who was willing to be imprisoned for his Christian faith under Emperor Diocletian, who preached against pagan immorality of Diana worship, who stood for the Bible and doctrinal purity at the Council of Nicaea, and who generously and anonymously helped the poor so that the glory would go to God.”

As a child, St. Nicholas was known for his virtue, his avoidance of worldly pursuits, and his study of Scripture. He went into ministry and trained under his uncle. After assuming his uncle’s congregation, his parents died and left him a substantial inheritance. He generously distributed to the poor and needy and ransomed those taken captive by debt. One such ransom became the basis for Santa Claus. A nobleman who had gone bankrupt lost all his property to creditors. The creditors threatened to take the man’s three beautiful daughters which would doom them to a life of white slavery and prostitution. The nobleman’s only option was to marry them; however he had no dowry to provide. When Nicholas heard of the man’s desperate situation he secretly slipped a bag of gold through a window in the middle of the night for the first daughter’s dowry. He later did the same for the second. Anticipating the same for the third, the nobleman caught Nicholas as he slipped the third bag of gold into a stocking hanging by the fireplace to dry. Nicholas swore the nobleman to secrecy until his death because he wanted all the glory to go to God. 

Throughout Nicholas’ life, he worked hard to be a godly example in word and deed, spirit, faith and purity. He died on December 6th, 343 AD. Stories of his life spread through Turkey and Greece and throughout the Roman Empire. Secret gift giving on the anniversary of his death became a popular tradition.

Listed below William shares the origins of other Christmas traditions:

Bill was raised in a Christian home in St. Louis the fifth of eleven children. At 24 he began dating his future wife Susan, and noticed that her mom watched The 700 Club.  After accepting an invitation to attend a Christian men’s business meeting, he went forward because the other men had something that he wanted.  He gave his life to Christ soon after.  Once married and living in Texas, Bill was drawn into politics during Pat’s presidential run.  A former youth pastor, Bill stayed interested in politics and was asked to run against Gephardt, which turned into one of the closest races in the nation. 

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