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Is Santa Real? My Answer To That Age Old Question

Updated on November 27, 2014

Santa Is Praising the Real Reason For the Season


How Do You Answer That Question?

“Is Santa real?” An age old question, and one I hear often around this time of year. Since I teach children in kindergarten and second grade I have heard this question several times a day. I am careful about how I answer. I usually end up telling this story at least once during the Christmas season.

When my girls were little my now ex-husband didn’t work. I was running a day care from our home and going to college to become a teacher. The day care wasn’t going well – I had only three children in my care. I had to do day care during second shift since my ex didn’t want to be awakened by “noisy brats” during the day. He couldn’t sleep all day if I was watching kids!

Because of all of this, money was very tight that year. As Christmas got closer, it was looking less and less likely that my girls – 7 and 4 at the time – would have a good Christmas. Even so, I sat with them and helped them write their letters to Santa, all the while reminding them that the REAL reason for Christmas was to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. I tried to help them understand that presents weren’t that important and that just the fact that we had a warm home and all of our family around was the best present we could have.

I also prayed about our situation. I prayed that my children would have a warm meal for Christmas, even if it were just hamburgers or hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. I prayed that we would find the money to pay the utility bills and the mortgage payment. I prayed that my children would be healthy and happy through the Christmas season. And I thanked God for all the blessings we did have, including healthy children and a warm home.

As Christmas got closer, my oldest daughter asked me that question that I dreaded, “Is Santa Claus real?” She was (and still is) a very bright girl. I did not want to mislead her, and did not want to take away any of the magic of Santa. So I asked her, “What do you think?”

She told me that she thought that, at one time, Santa was real. She had heard the story of St. Nicholas and how he had given gifts to children. She then said that she thought Santa was more the spirit of Christmas and that she wasn’t sure if he really brought gifts to children all the children around the world. I told her that she had some wonderful ideas about Santa, but didn’t say whether he was “real” or not.

The next day was exactly one week before Christmas. I went out to the mailbox to check the mail, excited to see if there were any Christmas cards. I was lucky, there were two. The first had the return address of my mother. The second had no return address.

Bewildered, I took the cards into the house to open the cards. My mom’s card was a cute one with two little elf girls skating on a pond. My mom had written the names of my girls on top of each of the elves. It was very cute, but my curiosity got to me and I tossed it aside to see who the other card was from. I figured whoever had sent it would have surely signed it.

As I started to open it, the girls came into the living room. They wanted to see the cards and were excited to be able to put the card on the artificial tree we had in front of the picture window. They saw the look of confusion on my face and eagerly watched me open the second card.

When I opened the envelope, I saw a picture of Santa on the front of the card. It was a very real looking picture of the jolly old elf. The outside of the card said simply “Believe.” On the inside was another smaller sealed envelope that said “Open when the children are not around” The card had a Bible verse written on the inside. It said “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” and it was signed – in really fancy handwriting – “Santa.”

I read the card to the girls. They were pretty excited that they had a card from Santa! So was I, to tell you the truth!

Later, after the girls had gone to bed, I took out the smaller envelope from where I had hidden it away. Inside was a gift card to a local grocery store. There was a note saying that there was enough money on the card to buy a very nice Christmas dinner. There was also a gift card to a local toy store, with a note instructing me to buy the girls all of the toys they wanted most. Both notes were signed by “Santa.”

That weekend I went on a shopping spree. I bought the girls their gifts and bought all the fixings for Christmas dinner. As I shopped, I kept trying to figure out who had sent the card. There was no one that we knew that could afford to send such a wonderful gift.

On Christmas morning, I went into the living room before the girls were awake. I wanted to make sure everything was just right for our traditional family picture in front of the tree and gifts. I was shocked to see under the tree toys that I had not bought with the gift cards. There were dolls and a pretend kitchen set that the girls had wanted, but that I had not bought because they were too expensive. There were also stocking that were filled to the brim. I stood staring, wondering where these fabulous gifts had come from.

From behind me, I heard my girls coming down the hall. I managed to get my camera out just in time to get pictures of the shocked looks on their faces. They were so excited!

I never did find out who the card or the extra presents came from, or how the gifts got into the house without any of us knowing about it.

But whenever a student asks me “Is Santa Real?” I tell them this story…


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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      B.Leekley.. thank you for your nice comments... who says Santa isn't real? I still haven't found out who those wonderful elves were

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Lifesaparadox...I am glad that your children still have the magic!cr

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, and Beautiful, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. Your daughter expressed what I believe about Santa. The spirit of Christmas – taught by example by Jesus and saints – of goodwill, love, compassion, generosity, sharing, giving, graciously and gratefully receiving, etc. – can and does spread rapidly around the world with every "Merry Christmas" and "Feliz Navidad".

      Of course Santa Claus does not really exist, so it must have been elves who played that nice trick on you of pretending to be Santa.

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      lifesparadox 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub! This year I struggled so hard to get my kids some Christmas gifts, get my bills paid and have dinner with my family. I always pray for help getting through these tough times and thank God everyday for all of our blessings. My kids are at that age now. This year they were both skeptical, as a lot of children at school were saying Santa's not real. They asked me and like you, I did not want to take the magic out of it for them. I simply said, "Do you believe Santa is real?" Both of them ages 12 and 10 said "yes, I do but just want to know the truth." I said "if you believe, than he is." It was like a weight had lifted off their shoulder's. The look in their hearts was priceless.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 5 years ago

      I love this story. Voted up! This is a great example to share with those who ask that question. Thanks for sharing.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      American View - what an awesome thing for you to do! I bet it was even more rewarding for you than for the families you helped. If only I had the money, I would do the same thing. Very awesome! I will happily tell my students, that Yes....Santa is real! On behalf of those you have helped, Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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      American View 6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      There is a Santa, and it exists in all our hearts. Being stuck in the hospital for the last few years I have not been able to do this, But I use to go to Walmart watch the people checking out. I could always spot the ones that could use the help. I worked secretly with the store manager and would tell him which ones I would help and pay for everything they were buying plus I had carts set up full with a turkey, ham and all the rest for a great diner. I told the manager to just let them know a secret Santa believed in them. It always did my heart good watching the reactions of the people. Yes Teacher, tell them all there is a Ssanta Claus

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Hush - there are students at my school that I pray for every day. I want them to have a happy home and plenty of food and other necessities...there are many who do not have even that.

      Jackie - yeah...he's my ex for a reason. He didn't even get up on that special Christmas was much later in the afternoon.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well, guess I was hoping somehow the ex came up with something from that bedroom but I guess I can lay that one to rest, huh? Glad he is your ex, lol. Great story. Merry Christmas.

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      This hub is just priceless. In the school where I work today was the last day of the first semester. Every day this month I have thought about our students and how many of them won't have a healthy breakfast and lunch now that they are out of school, let alone a Christmas with presents. I hope and pray that each of them will have a Christmas miracle like yours. Thank you so much for sharing.