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Yes, Kaylie, Santa is real. He just needs us to make him so.


A mother wrote me a letter, concerned that someone told her 10-year-old daughter, Kaylie, that Santa doesn’t exist. This is a different spin on the famous “Dear Virginia” column.

Dear Kaylie:

Someone told you there is no such thing as Santa Claus? It probably feels like the magic has gone out of Christmas for you, and I invite you to turn the lens of the camera of your mind to get another perspective.

Santa is an idea born in the hearts of children; a human being who loves all children and wants to have them be happy. God is like that, Kaylie, so Santa represents God putting His love on all the children of the world.

The idea of Santa makes us happy. We sing songs about “making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out whose naughty and nice.....” Santa inspires children to make loving choices. “He sees you when you’re sleeping, knows when you’re awake......” Again, that’s what God does.

Who else to tell the story besides Santa himself? Santa Larry Angell recites the poem from beginning to end to invoke the Christmas spirit.

Everyone talks to everyone around Christmas; the barriers go down and you hear “Merry Christmas!” over and over again. If people want to get a child to talk, they ask, “Are you excited that Santa Claus is coming?” You might not see Santa coming on a sleigh with reindeer, slide down the chimneys and eat your cookies. But through the imagination of children, and both adults and children who want to keep love alive, you can close your eyes and hear hooves on the rooftop and see snow in the chimney. You put out cookies to celebrate the magic of giving, of receiving, of loving.

No one wanted to play with Rudolph until Santa chose him to lead the sleigh. This magic is about including everyone and realizing that the person you might not have noticed yesterday might be your BFF tomorrow.

Frosty the Snowman reminds us of the magic of believing in the goodness of life, the fun, the joy. We sing the songs together, which brings us together. Celebrating Santa gives all of us a way to give gifts without the glory of knowing who gave them.

And if we look at Santa as a demonstration of God’s love on earth, we open up to celebrating the birth of Jesus who, in every religion, demonstrates the power of being a loving human being.

So, embrace the idea of Santa and join him in being a giver, especially to children. Be merry, believe you can fly and know that Santa is real; he just needs us to make him so.

Merry Christmas! I love you!