What or Who is Santa Claus for you? What does he really mean to you?
Xmas is almost here and I started wondering about the same question I think about during every Xmas season that what people really think of Santa Claus?
Mythical mumbo jumbo. Thankfully, this myth was never introduced to me as a child. My parents did try the Easter Bunny but as my father tripped en route to delivering easter eggs, we woke up, and there was no convincing any of us that he was the Easter Bunny. I'm rather glad that I didn't grow up with those false belief systems.
I loved Santa as a kid and I'm glad my parents played along for a while. I was disappointed when I found out that he wasn't real but I still love the idea and I cherish those memories.
My daughter is 4 and she loves the idea of Santa, too. I actually don't think I ever explicitly told her about him but through watching Christmas movies and shows she caught on.
The one thing I don't like about Santa is the essential bribe to be good or else he won't bring you presents. I have told my daughter that's not how it works and that there isn't really such a thing as a "bad" kid and that all kids make mistakes throughout the year - that doesn't mean they don't get to enjoy Christmas.
Once she starts thinking about it and asking questions I won't try to push her into believing in him, I'll tell her the truth when she asks for it. But for now there's no doubt in her mind that he's real and I think it's pretty sweet.
I know some people don't like Santa Claus for various reasons but for me it's always been a happy and magical association so I'm a big Santa fan!
I am just asking myself this question. In my country, we have 3 good holy men that come in December: St. Nicholas, Santa Claus and Grandfather Frost. And now that the Christmas is coming I am wondering if Santa here is 'real' or did we 'imported' him from the USA. As I recall as I child, we got gifts from St. Nicholas (he brought nice small gifts, like some oranges, mandarins, ...) and Grandfather Frost (does America have him? he brought some bigger gift, he fulfilled your wish, we wrote letters to him telling what we wish for). And we celebrated Christmas, this was a sweet family time together, without Santa Claus. As I have small children now, I am wondering if we should adopt Santa or not. And I think not. He is too commercialized and not our tradition. So we wrote to Grandfather Frost and are waiting what he will bring. My oldest daughter knows that there is Santa somewhere (she is going to English classes), but I think I will tell her that Santa is like our Grandfather Frost and that on Christmas our biggest gift will be family time together.
Childhood, Christmas, presents... But I think it can be quite a personal thing.
My family's was called Father Christmas and he came with presents for us on Christmas Eve (not Christmas day like everyone else), somehow managing to get down the chimney.
Stockings were delivered by St Nicholas on St Nicholas Day on the 6 December with smaller gifts (tangerines, socks, chocolate coins etc - one year we even got toothbrushes)
I'm not so fond of the Hollywood version of Santa Claus, but Christmas was always really exciting when I was younger and I am sure our Christmases would have been boring without him.
For me Santa is a symbol of goodness & happiness and I believe that if happiness knocks our door, then we should welcome it with full heart despite of its form. So even if there is a question about Santa's existence, whether its real or not, we should only see the good side of it and that is that his existence (real or imaginary) teaches us a lesson of goodness and fills our life with positivity, brightness and happiness. Merry Xmas
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live." George Carlin
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