Dear Family and Friends;
As I contemplated the prospect of having my son, Michael, and his family with us during the Christmas Holidays it occurred to me that I might have to address the question of Santa Claus with my grandson, Logan Matthew, who is eight years and 8 months old.
Up to now, Michael and his wife, Neva, have maintained that all Christmas presents come from Santa. Tags on packages are addressed to Logan, or his sister, Erin (3), from Santa. Cookies have been put out on Christmas Eve and only crumbs are left Christmas morning. Will Logan still believe in Santa, or will the word have gotten around the 3rd Grade that Santa isn’t real? Will Logan ask me, “Grandpa Richard, Do you believe in Santa?”
I decided that I’d answer unequivocally, “Yes,” because I do. I believe that Santa, or St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or whomever, instills a spirit of love and generosity in people around the Holidays. I only wish that same spirit could be kept all year through. I suspect that Logan, who is very intelligent, and inquisitive, will look at me askance, but I will maintain my poise and refuse to be further interrogated. You either believe in Santa or you don’t. If it makes you happier not to, be my guest. Otherwise, let’s open the presents!
We’ve already being blessed with many gifts this year; good health, a full larder, good weather, a warm and sturdy home, and the company of family and friends. Having the whole family around us at this holiday time; Stephen, Michael, Neva, Logan, and Erin, is a very special gift. Next year will mark the 50th year of marriage for Patricia and I -- a gift that keeps on giving!
I feel a great sadness for the many people here in America and around the world who live from one day to the next wondering how they will survive, and I hope the spirit of giving encourages all of us, not just now, but always, to help, directly, or by contributing to the worthwhile charities that make it their life’s work to help these people.
May you enjoy your holiday, whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, or whatever you celebrate that brings you joy and offers joy to the world. Have fun, love one another, and have a very Happy New Year!