Childhood is a pretty magical time. It’s a pure, honest, believing stage in life where possibility is all that exists.
Reindeer can fly. Bunnies can lay eggs. Fairies can carry teeth. Santa can visit a few billion kids in a day.
Every year a movement comes around that tries to deny Santa. They say it’s lying to your kids, and trot out damaging childhood memories from the day they found out “Santa wasn’t real.”
Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber are sounding off on the topic, but I’m here to convice you why we should all embrace the spirit of Santa.
Brad Pitt is making headlines this week for saying “I’m not real big on the whole Santa thing. I thought it was a huge act of betrayal when I was a kid….I didn’t like that. When I found out the truth, I was like, ‘Why? Why? Why would you lie to me? Why?’”
“What I tell them is some people believe it’s Santa, and some people believe it’s parents, and you get to believe whatever you want,” Pitt continued.
Still, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne wrote Christmas letters to Santa, so start pressing the shirts, the kids are on Team Santa.
Even Justin Bieber is against Santa Claus, saying if you trump up the myth you’re “lying to your kids.” Frankly, I have no problem with my kids being believers, and am quite thankful they’re not Beliebers.
My kids have bought the Santa story hook, line, and sinker. They love it, and so do we.
We’ve got the Elf on the Shelf hiding all around our house to report back to Santa. I’ve picked up a Santa voice changing app so my son can hear messages from Saint Nick. When we go to the mall, we take pictures of the things my son wants and email them to the North Pole.
Santa Claus is about the spirit of the season. A happy man who tries to do good in the world by rewarding people with anonymous gifts and kindness. Where’s the lie in that?
My son has gone and picked out his favorite toys to drop at the firehall for “the girls and boys who don’t have more toys.” He drew pictures for 2 senior citizens we adopted through Santa’s Secret Service. He rang bells in the mall for the Salvation Army.
Children have no concept of impossibility, and it is that creative spirit that can lay a foundation for life. By curtailing their imaginations, you put limits on that notion of “possibility.” Why hinder an imagination that believes reindeer can fly and a man can visit 6100 houses a second? Why put limits on what your child can believe?
When you believe in Santa, you perpetuate a spirit of kindess, charity, giving, and happiness. Isn’t that what this season is all about?
Image via Buzz Bishop.