Sunday, December 6, 2009

Advent Calendar- Santa Claus

Does Santa exist? Can we see the snow before it falls to the ground in the darkness, or the wind as it blows across our face in the warmth of the sunlight? No, nor can we explain the deep outpouring of consideration of warmth among ourselves as the carols play softly in the background or as we hear the never ending clang of the red bell as we leave all those big stores in the rush of shopping.

Santa exists in my family much as he does for Virgina. My mother speaks of him coming to her home to deliver her gift on Christmas Eve just as he came to mine personally every Christmas Eve with a special gift inside his bag just for me. I was always amazed that Santa had enough time to come to see me personally.

Yes, there were times when I questioned his existence, but I was always afraid that if I doubted Santa, then all the magic of Christmas was over. What a miserable world we would live in then to my way of thinking. Now, as a parent I have been blessed with the continuation of Santa all over again, and even though he has changed in circumstances over the time of our lives, he still lives, and I find no statue or picture more endearing to me in all the hustle than that of a child's action of placing out a plate of cookies-- with some vegetables for the reindeer on Christmas Eve, no matter what the age.

1 comment:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

At my house we leave Santa and his reindeer some spumante and panettone. This is in honour of the fact that my husband is of Italian origin (that's our story and we're sticking to it).
It caused quite a stir in grade school when they wrote about it in their Christmas journals.
Evelyn in Montreal