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I remember as a child during Christmas time, my mother telling me Santa’s elves were watching. It was a sure fire way to get me and my sister to stop in our tracks and to be on our best behavior…for at least the next 30 minutes or so. Once I had a daughter of my own I also used this line on her.
My daughter believed in Santa for a long while and I kept the magic alive as long as I could. Once friends started telling her there was no Santa and filling her with doubt I had to explain Santa a different way. She was familiar with the “Christmas spirit” that we often talked about so I told her that while Santa may not be a real actual person, maybe Santa is actually a feeling that we get…a feeling of love, of kindness, a feeling that makes us take a closer look at how we treat others. I told her that maybe “Santa” is what filled my heart with feelings that made me want to care about others, to help others, to be kind to others…maybe that was the Christmas spirit. I’m sure she was a bit disappointed in the same way I was when I found out the truth about Santa but like her, I am blessed with magical Christmas memories of Santa and his magic.
This feeling is best described in one of my favorite lines from The New York Sun article, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, that first appeared on September 21, 1897.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
So I continue to think (and hope) that Santa’s elves are watching and that the veil covering the unseen world remains intact and that all those feelings of faith, poetry, love and romance fill out hearts all year long. Merry Christmas one and all!