Santa Claus – Man or Myth? Legend or LIE????

7 12 2016

I know there are a lot of competing ideas about perennial Mr. December: Santa Claus.

Many folks will go to great lengths,  employing elaborate ruses and staging complicated sleight of hand to maximize their kids’ belief. Others feel that it is never appropriate to “lie to our children” and adamantly refuse to even entertain the idea, banning all mention of this thief-of-future-trust between parent and child.

I cannot tell you what you should do, but I want to share with you the way I grew up with him.

My parents raised me with the Clement Moore version of Santa Claus – a portly fellow in a red suit who made a mad dash around the world, delivering toys to children on Christmas Eve.  When I grew old enough (and had heard enough from more precocious schoolmates) to express grave doubts about the logistics of it all, they told me this:

As long as you believe in him, you will receive presents from Santa. When you stop believing in Santa, then Mommy and Daddy will be the ones to bring you presents on Christmas morning. Christmas will always be Christmas, though.

While it is not scientifically true, it was emotionally true.  It was a tender and very satisfying response to my ten-year-old self and, over fifty years later, I still recall the warmth and comfort in that gentle explanation.

There are many times when we must demand the truth, unvarnished, unembroidered, and whole, but not all the time. We can’t let the frustrations of reality turn us away from the joy of good fiction, storytelling, dreams, and make-believe. We must be able to imagine a better world than presently exists so we can figure out how to get there . . . who knows, perhaps it will be via eight tiny reindeer.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

 

 

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5 responses

7 12 2016
MARIA ETTEL

BEAUTIFUL!!
WE TOLD OUR CHILDREN THAT THEY BECOME SANTA WHEN THE MYTH ENDS. THEY CONTINUE TO LIVE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
LOVE FROM MY HEART-MARIA XO XO XO XO

7 12 2016
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Dear Maria, you are a good mother. You did a wonderful job. Thank you!

8 12 2016
Donna from MyOBT

Love this!

8 12 2016
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thanks for reading me! I am honored. You know I adore your blog.

8 12 2016
Donna from MyOBT

You’re a sweetie, and a great writer.

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