This question has haunted young and old (especially the youngest!) since the first right until the last present that mysteriously materialized under the Christmas tree. If it were up to us, we’d close the topic with just one word, and only a sentence after we’ve started it.
Yes, There Is a Santa Claus
We all know the story of the enigmatic white-bearded old fellow who lives somewhere beyond the North Pole or in Lapland with his team of dexterous elves and dwarves. The one who reads letters all year round, and stuffs sacks full of presents to deliver them later across the globe. For better or for worse, we’ve come to know this image also through popular culture and the business worldwide, which have long ago turned legend into industry.
This is not the place to discuss the shopping mall crowds on December 23, or the jammed main streets or the online Christmas sales hunts. There is more to it all than cheap red costumes and fake white beards which Santa Clauses don each winter to hover, freezing cold, about our towns and cities. What we mean is kindness, faith in a better world, and generosity. These are the most important presents Santa Claus brings us each Christmas.
Others Before You Have Wondered Too
At the end of the 19 century eight-year old Virginia asked her father ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’.
He advised her to write to the New York newspaper ‘The Sun’. Not only did the child send a letter, but she also received an answer, an excerpt of which we’ve decided to share with you now.
‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.’
We’ve read this answer dozens of times, but wouldn’t miss the chance to recall it all through December. Find the whole text here.
Believe in Miracles and Create Your Own Ones
We live in a world that’s ever more suspicious to and less appreciative of the unknown. If in the daily drudgery battle you’ve lost all desire to gaze into the Christmas night looking to spot Rudolph’s shiny nose, discover the miracles that are right next to you. Peek into the small houses where our grandmas and grandpas are packing small gifts to make their grandchildren happy. You don’t need a white beard to carry the spirit of Santa Claus or sustain his noble mission. All you need is to have kept your childhood kindness alive, the one that used to make you save on snacks for months on end to be able to exchange presents with your little friends. Santa Claus is kindness, so…stuff your bags with kindness, hop on the sleighs and start giving.