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Believing in Santa Claus
May 19, 2011, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Kid stuff

I cannot say for sure that my kids believed in Santa Claus all through their childhood. Likewise, I can’t be totally sure if they believe in Santa Claus right now. But I can tell you for sure that they have never told me that they don’t believe. In our house, it has always been and will always be forbidden to make such a statement. In our house, we believe in Santa Claus.

“If you want to believe something, then BELIEVE in it!” -Robert Duvall as Hub McCann in one of my favorite movies, Secondhand Lions

What an awesome quote.

Most children, I think, have a moment of realization at some point. One way or another, they find out that the presents under the tree came from mom and dad, not from a jolly bearded guy in red. This knowledge usually comes from some other youth who has lost his illusions, probably, or maybe just through their own astute observation combined with a careless parent. When my son was little I always made it a point to find some really unique and beautiful wrapping paper for the “Santa” gifts. One year, he found a stash of Santa’s wrapping paper in our house.


He knew the presents were wrapped in our house. He deduced where the presents came from. So, what could I do? Lie? I had to think on my feet and I did pretty well. I did not openly admit to purchasing and wrapping the presents. I told him something like, “well, even if your mom and I did buy those presents does not mean there is no Santa Claus.” He didn’t argue with that.

That is basically my viewpoint. I know that in many cases, presents from Santa are purchased from Toys R Us or WalMart and spirited into the living room while the children are sleeping.Yet that fact does not prove there is no Santa Claus.

It’s interesting to note that most homes today don’t have fireplaces and thus no chimney for Santa to get in. In times past, essentially every home had a fireplace and the story made sense. It’s funny that the story still contains that element, although it is really impractical in today’s world. And my readers may find this interesting. I live in Florida. Few homes here have fireplaces. Yet, I’ve lived in a condo and three different houses and every one of them had a real fireplace. You may question whether I chose houses based on my belief in Santa Claus. I’m not saying, but it is interesting.

Believing in Santa Claus is fun. It’s a cute story and kids like it. Adults who refuse to grow up like it too.

And you can use it to make your kids be good, “you’d better watch out, you better not shout…” and all that. You can use it to get them to bed early on Christmas Eve and spend some quality time with your significant other on the couch looking at the lighted tree and presents, get a fire going in that fireplace and…

For a further word on what to believe in, here is another quote from Hub: “Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.” Robert Duvall as Hub McCann

What do you believe in?


P.S. This is possibly my favorite joke of all time:

Q: Why is Santa Claus so jolly?

A: He knows where all the bad girls live!


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Secondhand Lions is one of my favorite moviess, too.

I have just finished reading a quote from L Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. I think what he says fits with your article on Believing
Santa Claus. Here it is:

“And by the way, it’s only fun when you know it is a pretense. Then it’s fun. Only when you are aware of the shallowness of consequences and when you’re convinced that they’re not quite as serious as they might be. Only when you have an optimum consideration on this line can you then enter into the pretense called the business of living and enjoy a lot of fun in the business of living.”

“What are you trying to achieve for a preclear after all? You want him to be happy, cheerful, have some fun in life.”

— L. Ron Hubbard * “preclear” definition -this is a person who, through Scientology precessing, is finding out more about himself and live

Mary Collins

Comment by Mary Collins

Nice one Mary! Thank you!

Comment by doylemills

I saw a purpose in your article on Psychiatry.
What was your purpose in Turbulance? Or did you have a purpose?

Mary C

Comment by Mary Collins

I started out with the purpose of complaining about air travel, but I just couldn’t keep it up and ended up with a rambling article that didn’t really have a message. In my defense I was on a plane, tired, and I only started with about 20 minutes of battery life.

Comment by doylemills

Tell you what. I am 35 and still believe in Santa Claus. No, he may or may not be a person living up at the north pole, but, he is a belief and feeling living inside of myself and everyone who knows love, generosity, caring and kindness. He’s also a person that should come every day, not just once per year. In that aspect, I will always believe in Santa, because he’s one of the most wonderful things that can be believed in.

Comment by James E.

Bigg Katt, that was awesome. I couldn’t have written it better myself.

Comment by doylemills

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