Mommy..Daddy..Is There A Santa Claus?
Is there really a Santa Claus? Any parent who
hasn't been faced with this question most likely will at some
point. But how do you answer this? No one wants to crush a
child's dreams of Santa and holiday magic.
Some kids, like me, are crushed at school when they hear
from a classmate that they found all their presents under
their parents' bed, thus, proving there really is no Santa.
Then, reasoning sets in, which is about the time they begin
to wonder why they have been told this fairy tale all this
time as it was the truth.
So, is there truly a Santa Claus? Well, if you are in this
position you will probably be glad to hear that the only true
answer to this question is...yes, absolutely.
The name "Santa Claus" came from the Dutch "Sinter
Klass" pronunciation of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was
a Christian priest, who later became a bishop. He was a wealthy
person, and traveled the country helping others, giving gifts
of money and other presents. St. Nicholas chose to remain
hidden while giving these gifts, so the children were told
to go to sleep quickly or he would not come!
One famous story is about a poor man who had no money to
give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St. Nicholas
dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had
left to dry by the fire. Ever since, children have hung up
stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled
with gifts by Christmas morning.
According to the Catholics, a saint is one who lived such
a holy life that, after dying and going to heaven, is still
able to help people on earth.
In the 1500's people in England stopped worshipping St. Nicholas
and favored another gift giving figure Father Christmas.
Now, no matter what your religious preference is or if you
even believe in Saints, doesn't change that St. Nicholas represents
a selfless act of giving. Rather it be material gifts, money
where needed or the often most valuable gift of a little of
your time, it's about the act of helping someone else for
no other reason then just because they need it.
As St. Nicholas had figured out as a young man, we truly,
as adults, begin to understand Santa Claus when we realize
that the best gift of all is not on the receiving end, but
being the one giving. And being rich doesn't always mean having
a lot of money. Often, especially these days, taking the time
to spend with someone, inviting them over for dinner or even
putting food on their table, can make all the difference.
But how do we explain this to a child? Well, we do it in
stages. They first have to learn how much receiving a gift
meant to them to understand how much it means to others. And
Santa Claus, well he is a perception of a truly magical holiday
spirit presented to them in a way with which they can associate
at this point in their lives.
So, how do we, as parents, answer this question in a way
our young children will understand? You, as a parent, should
decide when it's time to come clean. You can meter this by
deciding when you feel they will understand that Santa Claus
really does exist in all of us and he often means something
different to each person they'll meet. A child grasping this
is a big step towards learning what the holidays are truly
About the Author:
Mark Bulleit is the developer/co-founder of the popular GreetingsFromSanta.com
offering personal letters from Santa. Light up your child's
face like never before this season. Happy holidays from http://www.GreetingsFromSanta.com.