Q: What accounts for the fat guy's success as an enduring, worldwide symbol of the holiday? The quirky suit? The fawning elves? The antlered entourage? How often do unlikely figures catch fire and seize the popular imagination?
"I did good today," my 5-year-old son pronounced as we left his classroom. I was surprised. He had been struggling with staying focused for weeks. Perhaps my lectures were finally sinking in.
"So what made the difference today?" I asked. To my surprise he exclaimed, "I don't want to be on the naughty list."
I am not one of those parents who push the idea of Santa Claus. First, as Christians, my husband and I teach our children that the birth of Christ is the reason for the season. Secondly, if we are going to spend our hard-earned money, we would like for the children to know that their gifts come from us --- not some chubby guy who comes down a chimney (that we don't have).
In fact, last year I told my son there was no Santa. He became quite belligerent, insisting I didn't know what I was talking about. At that moment I realized that he really wanted to believe in Santa and I didn't have the right to take that away from him.
For children there is something magical about believing in Santa. He allows them to exercise a gift that we were all given at birth -- the ability to hope. During this season, children learn that faith, patience, and good deeds eventually lead to success. Ironically, children are practicing important components for success what we sometimes forget to use as adults.
In an unusual twist of circumstances I have Santa to thank for my son's improvement in the classroom this year. Does anyone have Santa's address? I would like to send him a thank-you note.
Wishing you and yours peace and blessings this holiday season.
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