Santa — Fact or Fiction?
Going to bed on Christmas Eve and waiting, hoping that Santa would bring presents, was a wonderful memory as a kid. Adults certainly don’t believe in Santa, or do they? Santa may not live at the North Pole with elves and Mrs. Claus, but he still lives on in the hearts of children everywhere, the merriment of Christmas, and the presents under the tree.
Santa may not be living, but he thrives in the hearts of innocent children all around the world. On Christmas Eve, children go to bed dreaming of Santa and the presents he will place under the tree that they decorated ever so carefully. Children fantasize over whether or not Santa will like the cookies they baked just for him. Even though it might not have been Santa who ate the cookies, the children are filled with joy when they see an empty plate of cookies and a half a glass of milk.
In my opinion, the merriment of Christmas is having Santa come in the cloak of darkness. Christmas isn’t about the presents, it is about the kindness that Santa represents by giving and not taking. Santa represents the meaning of Christmas, and that is what excites children the most. The excitement doesn’t come from your new toy truck, it comes from knowing Santa was here and he asked for nothing in return.
The presents under the tree aren’t just objects, they represent old Saint Nick. As a little girl, I would always think, “Why would Santa give me all of these toys without expecting a reward?” Now, it is easy to realize that the presents weren’t just gifts, they represent giving, and that is what Santa is all about. The holidays don’t represent Santa, Santa represents the holidays.
Even though Santa doesn’t physically walk this earth, he lives in the spirit of Christmas. Santa lives on through the holidays, and the essence of giving. When the day comes that an innocent child, that may not be so innocent anymore, asks if Santa is real, remember, he still thrives in the cheerfulness of Christmas.
Hunter Romero, Windsor Middle School seventh-grader