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IMG_1604.JPGThe sign, to the left, perfectly describes my childhood upbringing, when it came to Christmas, and Santa. The rule in our house, growing up, was that if you no longer believed in Santa, you would no longer get gifts from him.

Heck, my younger (but not that much younger) brothers still say they believe in the Easter Bunny, and still get chocolate eggs!

Though I am certain that their are psychological theories about the dangers of lying to your children about such fanciful characters, I am a lifelong believer in the gift of developing imagination, as well as belief in that which is not seen in the hearts and minds of children.

I remember that day. I was about five, or maybe six, when I reasoned that since we had no chimney in our house, Santa must not be real, but that the gifts came from our parents. When I shared my newly found logic with my mum, she replied, “oh, you are so clever! You are right, Santa cannot come down a chimney we do not have. That is why we leave the key to the front door under the mat, so that Santa can let himself in.”

Then, a year or two later when I noticed that wealthier children got better, more extravagant gifts that my brothers and I, and I shared this revelation with my mom. Her response was that “of course Santa cannot afford to give gifts to all the children of the world, so, each year, parents send money to him, and he makes what he can from the money available.

There is, though, a time in the life of each child, when logic erases our belief.

As a decades-experienced adult, I assert that believing in Santa is a healthy foundation.

From this Christmas belief we learn

that not everything can be seen, touched, smelled and understood.

that a time of anticipation, waiting, for something we desire can increase the joy when the waiting is done.

that, writing down what we want can help us to realize what need … what we already have.

that, when we are in deepest need, when the night is darkest, it is a comfort to look up.

that logically hope might seem impossible,

but it is in believing that anything can be possible … with God (Matthew 19:26).

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