Sunday, December 9, 2012

Is Santa Real?

My daughter, now eight, is questioning the existence of Santa Claus.  As I listen deeply to her inquiries, I realize that she still wants to believe in this magical tradition that many of us adore.  Although she is trying to understand how millions of gifts could possibly be delivered in one night all over the world by just one man, she also wants to hold on to the wonder of it all.  Yesterday was her fourth time revising her Dear Santa letter and Christmas wish list, "just in case he is real." 

When I was a child, "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" was not a part of our Christmas tradition.  In fact, I was about my daughter's age when I first saw Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television.  In my mind, snow was the prerequiste for the magical sleigh to make its way to a particular home.  So that is the only reason Santa could not make his way to the islands in the Caribbean.  I can't say exactly when I let go of this belief, but I can still remember the feelings I experienced when I first learned about the bearded man in the red suit.  I was certain that he worked with God.  This was one of the seeds of magic that sprouted within my imagination and has become deeply rooted within me.

Looking out the window one Christmas Eve

Here is who she saw!

Santa is a part of our celebration of Christmas because I wish to plant that seed of magic within my daughter.  He is real to those who believe and "some things are just unexplainable" as I have said to her. When there is no answer to the question 'why,' it serves as a reminder that anything is possible.  Ultimately, I want her to recognize that the magic is within her and in what she believes.  

Wishing you and your family a magical and miraculous holiday season.  

Love and blessings,


History of Saint Nick - History of real Saint Nicholas - St. Nicholas documentary

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