Santa is more than just a gift delivery system or the commercialization of Christmas. He is the personification of the spirit of giving, of spreading joy, and putting others before yourself. He is about dreams and wishes and hope. – Dawn Papandrea, Woman’s Day Magazine
When I was a kid, Christmas was my favorite holiday. I can remember on December 1st breaking out the Christmas music and begging my mom to put up the tree. I loved all the lights and decorations, and just the overall feeling of happiness that accompanied Christmas. Of course there were the presents, too. What kid didn’t love receiving new and exciting gifts on Christmas? There was something so magical about Christmas. It was as if the world stopped for a moment. The snow would fall, covering cities and towns in a blanket of white. It was if the world was resetting itself, so calm and serene.
We put our tree up for the first time in four years this past weekend, and I could feel the magic seeping in. It was as if suddenly the world got a little brighter, and there was magic in the air. As I write this post, I’m looking at my tree.
I was inspired to write this post after reading the horrifying story of David Grisham, a street preacher from Alaska, who declared inside a mall full of children in Amarillo, Texas that Santa Clause, good ole Kris Kringle himself isn’t real. At some point in time, we all stopped believing in Santa Clause, and yet, we tell our children every year from the moment they are born about this jolly old man who shimmies down the chimney to bring us presents. We take our children to the mall to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper our wishes in his ear, hoping that they will come true. We tell them that if they don’t go to bed early and stay asleep, Santa Clause won’t come. So why would someone break the hearts of millions of children by declaring that Santa isn’t real?
Do I still believe in Santa? No. I stopped believing in Santa when I was twelve. Do I still believe in the magic of Christmas and what it stands for? Absolutely! Christmas is not about the presents. Christmas is about what you believe in your heart. It is a time for coming together and making the lives of those around us better. Christmas is about hope and magic and believing that anything can happen. It’s about spending time with family, friends, and other loved ones. It’s the one holiday where it seems that no matter how bad the year has been, no matter how horrible life has been, everything seems better.
What does Christmas mean to you?