Santa Claus is a companion for life

Our granddaughter loves winter. When a pre-Christmas storm blanketed the west coast in snow, I emailed her suggesting she must have written a very compelling letter to Santa asking for snow. His answer: « I didn’t write it because he’s an impostor!!! »

The intention of my e-mail was to ruffle her feathers, because a few years ago she had discussed the non-existence of Santa Claus with her friend, who had been overheard saying: « Why would our parents lie to us? -they ?

Recently, I started thinking about the role Santa Claus plays in our lives.

The naivety of young children allows them to live in a world where anything is possible. A cheerful bearded elf, who wears a red suit and flies around in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, is utterly believable. Who can blame a parent for stretching the truth to allow their child to briefly believe in an imaginary world without limits?

The story of Santa Claus living at the North Pole is somewhat misleading, as he exists in the part of our mind reserved for imaginary miracles. He’s a superhero; a champion of joy, generosity and kindness. Santa Claus can be a fantastic companion for life.

That’s what I’m going to tell our slightly disillusioned granddaughter.

Lloyd AtkinsVernon, BC

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