This beloved essay has great ideas for engaging children who are beginning to question the idea of Santa. Enjoy!
I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in people.
Believe means different things, doesn’t it? And sometimes, we instantly know it. Like saying, “I believe in people.” Well, obviously, I’m not talking about existence, that seems to be a foregone conclusion. People exist.
“I believe in people” means something more, something positive. The writers of the Bible would use a figure of speech called ellipsis, in which they would omit certain words for effect. It’s an unfinished circle, that we tend to automatically fill in with meaning.
So part of what I would fill in is that I believe in people, that they can be generous beyond your imagination, loving to complete strangers, extenders of awesome grace.
Santa Claus embodies this instinct we have toward compassion.