Is He Real?

Every year the topic comes up. Is Santa real? Is he a myth? Is he the figment of someone’s imagination and is it cruel to have our children believe in him? Are we telling a massive fib to our children? The following is something I wrote on this day back in 2013. Nothing has been changed.

Here, are my thoughts on this topic.

When James was very young he believed in Santa Claus. For all I know, all of the kids that he knew at that age did. We put out a glass of milk, we put out cookies and he went to bed early on Christmas Eve in anticipation of gifts under the tree. We visited the mall Santa and we have photos tucked away from those visits. Santa Claus, when looked at the right way, is not a lie. Santa Claus is a –part– of the spirit of giving. A part of the spirit of sharing, good will, laughter, gifts (not just the material ones). Even when the time comes when someone finds out that a jolly old elf is not going to come magically down a chimney carrying a sack of toys you can still believe in the spirit of good will that comes with the season.

Christmas have become so highly commercial and materialistic that we lose sight of what it is.

For Christians it is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. Do we know the actual date? No, of course not- to my knowledge none of us were there to document it and issue a birth certificate. Guesses can be made, estimates and what not, but the exact date is not what is important. What is important is the acknowledgement and remembrance. To know the purpose of His birth. A gift to mankind, a gift of grace, forgiveness, hope.

Somewhere along the way Santa Claus came to be. Santa Claus..a jolly elf that is joyful and laughs easily and readily. A jolly old elf who cares about the children, who brings a spirit of sharing. Yes, Santa appears more materialistic–but one should look at the message behind Santa..the one of love. Caring about one another enough to want to share gifts of some sort with each other. And guess what? They don’t have to be expensive and elaborate. I’ve seen people grow excited over a simple card, homemade items, candy, a dollar store ink pen. Items given in the spirit of love and good will. That is Santa Claus. It is less about the person, more about the spirit.

My son does not in any way appear to have been traumatized by his belief in Santa Claus, because he wasn’t. Was he upset? More disappointed until he began to understand the concept of caring enough to share. Caring enough to show respect to others. Caring enough to gift others with his compassion and understanding by taking care of them all through the year.

Is Santa Claus a lie? Is he real? Of course he’s real. He’s real in the spirit. He’s real in each gift given one to another. He’s real in the cup of coffee given to that cold police officer directing traffic. He’s real in act of giving a coat or blanket to that homeless person. He’s real in the one checking on the elderly neighbor and making sure they are warm and well. He’s real in the hearts of those who rescue children or animals from bad situations. He’s real in the hearts of those who fill shoe boxes, assist in soup kitchens, work in disaster areas. He’s real in the heart of those who take time to feel love and share it.

Did I lie to my son? No. I taught him the meaning of the spirit of Christmas and he’s just fine.


About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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5 Responses to Is He Real?

  1. John says:

    A good point, Rebecca, should we teach our little ones about this chubby dude? That’s up to the parents I guess but my sister and I have some great Christmas memories!

    • My son was very angry when he found out the truth. My husband was angry with me when I explained to my son, everything I said here. He thought I should have kept up with telling him about the chubby dude. I couldn’t do that, it was time. I think that we have to decide whether we want to tell of santa or no. If we do, then we have to understand, depending on the child, when the time is right to explain.

      • John says:

        I’m sorry that he was angry but it’s also justified isn’t it? Maybe parents should just tell the child that Santa is not real from the get-go…

      • My son is one of those individuals who is more analytical and intellectual rather than imaginative and creative. He prefers black and white with little grey. He accepts my creative writing even as he doesn’t understand, especially when I am writing fiction. That definitely blurs the lines.

      • John says:

        I like analytical people. ☺️

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