(Day 25) Shannon Mathew
“Secret Santas have always been a generally horrible experience. One time in the second grade, I had a boy for secret Santa and had absolutely no idea what to get him, so I thought a box of chocolates would be nice. Except that the poor kid turned out to be allergic to peanuts, so he was the only one without a present. I guess ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ doesn’t apply to that guy.
Funny story-I saw that kid the other day for the first time since elementary school…he remembers the whole thing”
(Day 18) Lydia Babu
“I didn’t care if Santa existed, I kinda had a hunch. Whenever they said they’d leave Christmas cookies out for Santa and that Santa would eat them, I said, ‘No he doesn’t, it’s probably your parents”… And I was right…I figured it out when I was six or seven but I didn’t really believe in Santa.”
(Day 17) Berlin Jacob and Floril Thomas
Floril: I’ve never been to her house on Christmas day but I’ve been there in the month of December. We would watch scary movies. Yeah, it’s not very Christmas-y.
(Day 15) Luisa Vergara
“My favorite Christmas memory was when I was five or six and me and my brother up after 12am and we immediately went for presents. We didn’t even wake up our parents.”
(Day 11) Anitha Benjamin
“When my parents get me Christmas gifts with ‘from Santa’ or ‘love Santa,’ I don’t know if they think I know.”
(Day 7) Keziah Babu
“This one year I was really excited for Christmas because I thought Santa was coming, but my parents said he wasn’t. Then someone rang the doorbell on Christmas and gave my mom a trash bag. My mom said it was Santa Claus which confused me because it was a trash bag, but it was filled with toys!”
Yesterday my mother told me that Santa was real. Keep in mind that I am a nineteen year old college student. At first I kind of just made a nervous chuckle and then decided to ask her why she thought Santa was real. “He’s in our department stores, on our wrapping paper, drawn on our cards. He’s definitely real” she retorted. And in many ways, she’s never been more correct.
Santa Clause may not be real in the mythological sense. He doesn’t actually deliver presents to our house and come down our chimneys. But he’s very real in so many other ways. Our culture thrives on the idea of him coming and he fills our thoughts and minds in a very real way.
We’ve forgotten what the actually meaning of Christmas is anymore. Jesus wasn’t even born on December 25th, yet we give each other gifts and go into credit card debt pretending that he was. If anything, Santa takes the gold on Christmas. And with that same idea, Santa is very real.
It really all depends on the way you define real.
Merry Christmas everyone!