Do You Still Believe in Santa Claus?

Nicole Akers

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Magic is a supernatural event. Magic doesn’t make sense and can’t happen with ordinary understanding. Nonetheless, it does exist. We disbelieve and yet some small part of us still believes. And, with magic, we have hope that good things happen.

Hope is the anticipation of a certain thing to happen.

What is magic?: Peace? Hope? Goodwill?

We see it in the power of forgiveness. We see it in the unmatched beauty of nature around us. And, it is never more apparent than in the eyes of a child on Christmas morning.

We don’t understand magic, but we like what magic does for us. It offers aspirations, positivity, and achievement of a good fortune dream.

Take one part magic, sprinkle in one dose hope, shake together with a touch of anticipation and we have someone who is legendary.

He is a supernatural being who brings happiness and gifts.

He is Santa.

He has many names: Pere Noel, Papai Noel, Viejo Pascuero, Dun Che Lao Ren, Kerstman, Joulupukki, Pere Noel, Weihnachtsmann,
Kanakaloka, Mikulas, Babbo Natale, Hoteiosho, Julenissen, Swiety Mikolaj, Ded Moroz, Jultomten.

He is Santa Klaus, Kris Kringle, Old Man Christmas, Father Time, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, and a Christmas gnome.

He travels faster than the speed of light, bringing presents to good boys and girls.

Our calendars are too full to appreciate the beauty of the season.

The true story of Santa Claus

He is St. Nicholas, a story that originates from the 4th century, near Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey. The legend says he was rich, by the passing down of money from his parents who died. He used his money to help the poor.

The most popular story surrounds hanging stockings by the chimney with care so that gifts could be delivered. The legend begins with a man who was too poor to pay the dowery of his daughters. One night Nicholas dropped a bag of gold dropped down the chimney, making the man’s oldest daughter eligible for marriage.

Gold appeared again so the second daughter could be married. The man hid every night hoping to uncover the identity of the gift-giver. When the man’s identity was uncovered, his name was discovered to be Nicholas. When everyone received small gifts, the goodwill of Nicholas was credited with the accomplishment.

During the reformation of the 16th century, Nicholas lost popularity, but someone still had to deliver presents to the children.

In the US he was Kris Kringle. Later Dutch settlers mixed the Kris Kringle story with the legend of St. Nicholas and Santa Klaus was born. Many European countries still leave out shoes or clogs on December 5th to receive gifts on the December 6th holiday.

Some left hay and carrots for St. Nicholas’ horses. If the horses received treats the children were given sweets as a token of thanks.

And yet the magic of Santa was never that he existed or didn’t exist. Santa taught us that magic does exist, but it wasn’t his magic. The magic was within us. In our ability to believe. Believing is magic.

He promotes belief

Having the magic of Santa is a right of passage, like so many things about childhood. Impressionable kids would have had a different childhood without the magic of Santa. Santa offers hope and belief.

Santa manifests the faith people share the rest of the year. A belief in a higher power that we can’t earn, but are magically given and is free to all who believe.

Uncover the source

Do you want to know the source of the magic? It is human nature to want to understand magic. But by understanding, the magic loses its allure. The ties that bind it are broken.

What kid hasn’t wanted to see the magical guy in the red suit delivering presents?

How joyful that conversation would be, to meet and talk with Santa. To have him send me back to bed after imparting some wisdom.

Do you really want to know?

Yes and no, for me.

As a kid, I slid down the stairs and waited quietly in the dark while holding the stair rail hoping the jolly guy in the red suit would appear. I nervously tapped my foot to keep myself from falling asleep.

Either I fell asleep or went back to bed. Not once did I see Santa himself, but it isn’t for lack of trying.

As an adult, I am glad the Santa magic lasted for as long as possible. Still, the magic doesn’t have to end because once you believe, there’s a no return policy.

There’s a no return policy

There’s a no return policy on belief. People are mostly in or out in this regard. Some are in discovery, in a state of questioning the existence of a magical power.

Those who return gifts that they don’t want have received gifts from someone other than Santa. At our house, Santa doesn’t bring all of the gifts. He brings a nice gift or two, and mom and dad also leave gifts under the tree.

Gifts from Santa are wrapped in “Santa paper” and leaves his special roll of wrapping paper by the tree or somewhere nearby that the kids use for crafts.

A Santa return policy ruins the magic of his existence. Kids can submit lists with requests and preferences. Santa is a magical being that doesn’t make mistakes, but his elves might be more human than they care to admit.

After all, they are processing billions of gifts at super-human speed. It’s possible an error has occurred.

Instead of a return policy, how about we adopt a continue the magic policy?

If a gift doesn’t fit or the receiver doesn’t want to keep it, continue the magic by making it magically appear for someone else.

Perhaps, there is someone in need.

Maybe it would make someone’s day to receive a blessing and a smile, for no reason at all other than to keep the magic alive.

Adopt kindness and continue the magic of Santa for someone else.

Who would want to return such goodness?

There’s no return on belief. It’s a magic that keeps giving. It’s not really even a lie.

Should you lie?

This question comes up frequently.

  • Should you lie about Santa?
  • Are kids harmed by being told a magical story of belief?
  • Is Santa harmful?

How a movement for happiness and helping others can be harmful is beyond my comprehension. A belief in Santa isn’t an evil attempt to guide others into deception. Celebrating Santa is an opportunity to spread positivity and enlightenment with others.

If Santa is harmful, I’m willing to continue the foolish belief. Sharing this magic improves lives. Once you believe in the magic, you’ll want to protect its innocence for children and continue to foster it in everyday ways to keep belief alive for yourself or for someone else.

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