Does Santa Believe In You?

WOW! A tree in the house, excitement everywhere, and Santa is coming. Yes indeed, the jolly old elf himself. Christmas is indeed a magical time of year.

But when did we start to doubt, begin to loose the faith? For most of us, it was about the time we got to kindergarten. A question here, an overheard comment there and our confidence began to crack. Even then, we might still believe were it not for the playground expert on everything. Know-it-all types always show up when we least need them. Perhaps you have noticed that yourself.

Few of us remember exactly when the crack in our faith became an empty place in our childhood where elves and reindeer used to play. Halloween's ghosts and goblins, imaginary friends, and The Easter Bunny were there too. The Tooth Fairy came in the night with nickels and, if we were very good, maybe a shiny quarter. We remember, like to recall the magic, if only for a little while.

DENNIS THE MENACE found the answer.

A while back, Dennis and his Friend, Joey, were in line waiting to talk to Santa. Dennis said, 'It's not so important that you believe in Santa Claus, Joey, as long as he believes in you!'

I wish I had thought to say that to the expert on the playground of my childhood. Her name was Sandra; and I learned what she had found out about Santa Claus the same winter morning I learned what happens to little boys who hit little girls. Neither lesson felt much like good news nor anything else I personally wanted to know.

Please indulge me. 'Hey Sandra, so what! The important thing is whether Santa Claus believes in you. That's almost the same thing my mother told me when I told her what you said. That also was when she told me that, no matter what you said, little boys really shouldn't hit little girls.'

Does Santa Claus believe in you?

Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends on the spirit in which you give your gifts. Here is how you can know for sure.

Pretty packages and pleasant words are quite nice. Most anyone would enjoy being on the receiving side of your generosity. Santa looks for the spirit that comes with your gifts, though. It's what counts the most. You have been told that before and it's still the truth.

Does a gift from you come with these added values?

Your affection and acceptance of the person getting your gift.

Your promise to be considerate of the person's feelings and needs.

Your willingness to give of yourself in ways that are gentle and helpful.

Your pledge of honesty and loyalty.

Santa will be pleased.

Not every present you give needs these added values. Sometimes you give someone a present and they give you one. It's the social thing to do.

Your family and special friends deserve more, though. When your gifts to them come with these added values, they know for sure that Santa believes in them; But here is the real treat. If you add these values to the gifts you give, Santa will for sure believe in you.

By Gary Crow March 23, 2017