Over thousands of years, a saint known for his generosity to those in need has slowly evolved into the jolly elf we know today who lives at the North Pole and employs an army of elves and reindeer for a monumental 24 hour event held every year. Through the art of storytelling, the composition of songs, and the paint of a brush, the man we know as Santa Claus has become one of the most recognizable people in the world. And while we may believe with all our hearts in the magic of Santa Claus for only a short time in our lives, there’s no doubting that period in a child’s life is important in so many ways. For one, Santa represents hope, and the belief in something better. He has helped children for generations develop vibrant imaginations. He allows our children to imagine a brighter future, and helps them set goals to accomplish (e.g., to be good). As moms and dads witness the joy in the faces of their children throughout the holiday season, it’s hard not to be caught up in their excitement. It’s an important reminder to all of us every December. As the world around us becomes more and more chaotic, Santa Claus reminds us of the simple joy we receive when we give to others, and the feeling of good will that we feel during the holiday season for those around us. He’s much more than a gift giver. His legend has survived for thousands of years because when we believe in something we can not touch or feel, we free ourselves to believe in the power of love. Love for each other and for ourselves. Santa is happiness and hope. And who doesn’t need that?
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