THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA :
Son: “Dad, I think I’m old enough now. Is there a Santa Claus?”
Dad: “Ok, I agree that you are old enough. But before I tell you, I have a question for you. You see, the “truth” is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t unknow it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. So, my question is: Are you sure you want to know?”
Son: “Yes, I want to know”
Dad: “Ok, I’ll tell you: Yes, there is a Santa Claus”
Dad: “Yes, really, but he’s more than an old man with a beard in a red suit. That’s just what we tell kids. You see, kids are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain it to them in a way that they can understand. The truth about Santa Claus is that he’s more than just a person; he’s an idea. Think of all those presents Santa gave you over the years. I actually bought those myself. I watched you open them. And did it bother me that you didn’t thank me? Of course not! In fact, it gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without thought of thanks or acknowledgement or getting something back in return. This is also called giving RAK (Random Acts of Kindness)! This is something you should try to do every day of the year!
When I saw that woman collapse on the tram last week and called for help, I knew that she’d never know that it was me that summoned the ambulance. I was being Santa Claus when I did that.
I was also playing Santa when I helped the young girl who left school without a diploma get a job with career potential to last for the rest of her life. And I was Santa when I helped the visitors who were obviously lost find their destination in the city a few weeks ago, and when I paid part of the grocery bill for the lady ahead on me at Cactus who did not have quite enough money for her groceries. I some how manage to be Santa for one reason or another, most every day of the year… and it always makes me feel good to give something back to help people in our society which has given me so much!”
Dad: “So now that you know, you are part of it. You have to be Santa Claus too now. This means you can never tell a young kid the secret, and you have to help us select Santa presents for those we want to help, and most important, you have to look for opportunities to help people you know and people you do not know, random people, regardless of their circumstances and station in life. Got it?”
Son: “Yes, Sir”, he said (standing up just a bit taller and stronger than before… and giving me a hug which I will cherish the rest of my life!)
Help each other this Christmas and every day throughout the year! …And always be kind
Dear Readers and friends, Now that you know the real secret of Santa Claus, you have to live your life differently every day of the year too… for the rest of your life… and please, pass this on to the others you know! Merry Christmas and very best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful New Year!