Yeah, you read that right. I believe in Santa Claus. What’s it to ya????
No, seriously, as a 47-year-old adult who spent the past 19 years witnessing the most dreadful acts that humans can inflict upon each other and what humans endure to survive every day, I believe in Santa. (insert comparison to believe in anything else that is important to others for a cheap chuckle……. Not going to happen). This belief stems from the fact that I have witnessed the power of Santa Claus everyday this month, as I have for the past 47 years of my life. And this belief has only gotten stronger since my son has ben with us. So let me explain why, I believe that Santa Claus is real.
My son is 9 this year so I know that the pure innocence of the belief in Santa will be challenged in the coming years, but I have been planning for it now for the past few years. We have begun to get the questions like, “Dad, do you believe in Santa?” to which I have always answered “Yep” in short order with a definitive reassurance in my voice. The next question usually is about Santa’s magic to which I reply, “Buddy, you have no idea just how powerful Santa’s magic is.” So far, that is the extent of the questioning, but I know more is coming, that’s why I laid the foundation for belief early. Particularly, when it comes to Santa’s magic, post innocence.
What the hell is post innocence you ask? Well, it is that time after little Billy blabs to his friends that he found out that Santa is his parents, or some other caregiver in his life. No longer is there an open-ended belief in a charismatic, kind figure who brings joy and gifts to the children of the world. Innocence is lost. But what if I said that once the innocence is lost on the belief of Santa, the ideals of Santa become even stronger.
I said that I began to lay the foundation in describing the powerful nature of Santa’s magic and I full heartedly believe that to this day. Santa’s magic is huge. Even placing aside, the fables of Kris Kringle, St, Nicholas or whatever other moniker you want to use, there is no denying that Santa is magical, especially when it comes to grown adults with kids. Who else can make parents repeat the stories of their youth so that they can bring joy and happiness to children? Who else can make parents pretend to be an Elf for 24 straight days, making sure that the Elf changes locations and disappears at times? Who else brings joy and happiness to children around the world, if only for just one day?
That’s right, Santa. The magical part of Santa is that adults spread the magic to children. What is more magical then making children happy I ask? So, even when you find out what you believe is the truth about Santa and you enter that period of post innocence, your eyes open up to the realization that even though Santa might not be a real, flesh and body person, the magic and energy that represents Santa is as real as you and I.
Merry Christmas everyone and take a moment today and tomorrow to spread Santa’s magic.
PS: This isnt a metaphorical story about Christianity. It truly is simply the reason why I believe in Santa. Just enjoy the idea of amgic that one idea can bring to millions.