Do You Believe In Santa?

No, seriously, do you? 

Do you believe in Father Christmas? I do. 

That Magic Moment 

A moment in my life I will never forget, 10 years old on Christmas Eve. I was at that age where I was starting to have doubts whether Santa was real of not. I remember lying in bed with that Christmas excitement and I heard a noise. ‘Was that bells? I am sure I can hear a reindeer? Those footprints ARE getting closer’. I remember being excited but terrified at the same time and the realisation that there might be a strange man in my house. But I’ll never forget the magic I felt that night. 

Some many years later, feeling somewhat lost with an almost hatred of Christmas, I read a letter that reignited the magic of Christmas for me all over again. I have never forgotten it, and I am so glad to have finally found it again recently. The letter sums up Christmas in a way I have never been able to put into words before. Because, the thing is, Father Christmas IS real. Just a different kind of real to the story you might have been told as a child. 

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 But Who Is Father Christmas?

Santa IS the magic, and love and spirit of giving to others. What he does is teach children to believe in something they can’t see or touch.

When you think about it, it really does make sense. He doesn’t have to be the somewhat scary, round man in a red coat. It’s MUCH more than that. Santa is everything about Christmas. The magic and laughter, spending time with the family, the arguments over board games, or whose cracker end is who. 

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 Now you know the secret of how he gets down all of those chimneys on Christmas Eve: He has help from all of the people whose hearts he has filled with joy. With full hearts, people like Mummy and Daddy take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.

I am so excited for Christmas this year, as I am every year. I feel so lucky to be in a position today where I am safe and can enjoy Christmas with many family and friends surrounding me. 

However, I know that many people are not so fortunate and this Christmas many people will be alone, or have nowhere to go. Lets share a thought about those people, this Christmas.  

The Letter That Changed It All

 Dear Ryan,

You asked a really good question, “Are Mum and Dad Santa?” We know that you want to know the answer, and we had to give it careful thought to know just what to say.

The answer is, no. We are not Santa. There is no one, single Santa. We ARE the people who fill you stocking and choose and wrap the presents under the tree – just as our parents did for us, their parents did for them, and you will do for your kids someday. 

This could never make any of use Santa, though. Santa IS lots and lots of people who keep the spirit of Christmas alive. He lives in the hearts – not at the North Pole.

 Santa IS the magic, and love and spirit of giving to others. What he does is teach children to believe in something they can’t see or touch. Throughout your life you will need this capacity to believe: In yourself, in your family, in your friends and in God. You’ll need to be able to believe in things you can’t measure or hold in your hands. 

Now you know the secret of how he gets down all of those chimneys on Christmas Eve: He has help from all of the people whose hearts he has filled with joy. With full hearts, people like Mummy and Daddy take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible. 

So no, we are not Santa. 

Santa is LOVE and MAGIC and HOPE and HAPPINESS. We are on his team, and now you are too. 

We love you, and we always will. 

Love, Mum and Dad. 

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  1. January 4, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Soph this is such a wonderful post! You’ve made me look at Christmas and Father Christmas in a whole new light. I wasn’t as excited this year for Christmas. This has changed my mind for next year though (wait, this year, it’s 2019 now) X

    Megan | https://meganelizabethlifestyle.com/

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