The much-awaited second season of Tim Allen’s widely popular television series “The Santa Clauses” has made its way to our screens earlier this month. The premiere of this season has made waves by defying the largely secular world of Hollywood and proudly proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Festive family fun? Say no more. Season 2 of #TheSantaClauses is now streaming on @DisneyPlus!” read a tweet from the official handle of The Santa Clauses, inviting its audience to indulge in the holiday spirit.
In episode two of the new season, available for streaming on Disney+, one of the elves in the North Pole is given the task of debriefing Santa Claus on how Christmas started, Faithwire reported. “What we know as Santa, all began with Saint Nicholas honoring the birth of Jesus,” the elf says, marking the beginning of a season that seeks to highlight the true meaning of Christmas.
The series’ star, Tim Allen, had expressed his intention to put the “Christ” back in “Christmas” and to not forget the reason for the season, according to a report by The Wrap. Allen, who has long been known as one of the only people in Hollywood to express conservative views, is no stranger to going against the grain. Last year, he stated, “It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters, and ghosts, and goblins… I said, ‘No, this is Christ-mas. It’s Christ-mas. It literally is a religious holiday. We don’t have to blow trumpets, but I do want you to acknowledge it; that’s what this is about.’”
He went on to expound that the show’s writers had found “a brilliant way” to incorporate religion into the plot, marking a significant pivot in the standard narratives Hollywood often tells about the holidays.
This dedication to incorporating Christianity into “The Santa Clauses” runs parallel to Allen’s longstanding public faith. The star is a devout Christian and has been candid about his spiritual journey, sharing that his faith has often been a source of strength and guidance in his life.
Aside from his commitment to incorporating religion into “The Santa Clauses,” Allen took a backseat when it came to planning out much of the rest of the show. In a recent interview, discussing his experience with creating and bringing the show to life, he expressed his creative approach, revealing that he is more focused on the broader strokes and storytelling aspects of the show rather than the intricate details.
As we enter the holiday season, “The Santa Clauses” presents itself as a significant departure from mainstream Hollywood narratives about Christmas, boldly proclaiming the religious roots of the holiday and reminding viewers of the true reason for the season.
This recent undertaking by Tim Allen has been widely appreciated by evangelical audiences in the United States, with various social media platforms abuzz with praise and support for the show. Evidently, in using his platform to advocate for his faith, Allen has found a unique way to bridge the gap between his industry’s standard and his personal beliefs.
“The second season of ‘The Santa Clauses’ is here, and it’s clear from the get-go that this year, Tim Allen is making an even stronger statement with the inclusion of themes and messages that are quite unique in today’s cultural context,” noted one critic on Twitter.
Indeed, heading into the holidays, and with “The Santa Clauses” at the forefront of the conversation, these themes are once again becoming part of a broader public discourse, bringing viewers and industry watchers into conversation about the place of faith in popular culture. In recognizing and representing Christian traditions and values, “The Santa Clauses” has emerged as an appealing option for individuals seeking to tap into the heart of Christmas.
And given the ongoing cultural debates and discourse following its release, this season of “The Santa Clauses” seems poised to make a lasting impact, with audiences eagerly awaiting the ways in which the show will continue to celebrate and honor the religious roots of the holiday season.