It's definitely a different world...

...than the one in which we grew up.

When the time came that I stopped believing in Santa Claus, I didn't for a single moment stop believing the true Christmas Story because I could just feel its realness.

Everything about Santa Claus could be explained away, but you can't explain away how the world came to be, because you can't buy the sun, moon, stars, weather, etc. at Wal-Mart or Toys R Us.

You might be able to buy a prism to create a little rainbow in your bedroom, but there's nothing in a toy store that will make the rainbow stretch so far across the sky that you can never seem to reach it, even when it looks close.

There's a children's story in there somewhere...

I'm 100% fine with the Santa Claus fantasy--in fact, I'm in favor of it.  And I don't think that the story of Jesus needs to be included in every fantasy in order to make it safe for kids.

But it would be good if there were more cartoons on TV such as the beautiful one about The Little Drummer Boy and that touching one about the little donkey who turned out to be the one chosen to carry the pregnant Mary and soon-to-be-born Jesus.

As I remember my own early beliefs, the story that there was a fat, old, bearded fellow in a red suit out on Christmas Eve flying around in a reindeer-drawn sleigh coming down chimneys and putting special presents under trees and treats in stockings was just a neat fact-of-life, because I never saw him as a god but simply a nice, old man who knew how to get everywhere really fast.

Some of today's movies make him almost sound like God.

I like the idea of the way he's shown in The Santa Clause, because that shows that Santa could be different people over the years instead of someone who has been around forever.  When one person is no longer able to be Santa, then another person takes his place.

Anyway, this is a nice, thoughtful piece--made me think, anyway.


Do you think Santa
will leave
switches & coal
for me
since I wrote
such an ornery
The 12 Days Of Christmas

posted by Ainsley_Jo_Phillips on December 7, 2005 at 1:20 PM | link to this | reply

Hey, I never thought of it that way before.  That was an interesting point of view.

posted by shelly_b on November 30, 2005 at 10:59 PM | link to this | reply

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