I once came upon a quote that has stuck with me since I had the pleasure of reading it. The saying goes, “May you never be too old to search the skies on Christmas eve.” I smiled as I took in the message because even as a mid-thirty-something, I still find myself checking to see if I see Santa’s sleigh cascading through the skies. You see, I was actually older when I found out the truth about Santa Claus.
I will never forget the day that my parents had to actually sit me down to tell me that Santa wasn’t real and that they were the ones who were indeed our “Santa Claus.” My stomach dropped like I was on a steep hill and my heart became heavy at their utterance. “What?” was all I could manage to get out as I looked up their eyes, now filled with regret and sadness that they had to break the news to their almost teenage daughter.
As I sat there, I realized how all the signs were there for me to see. The handwriting on the gifts always looked strangely familiar, how our dogs never barked at the stranger who entered our home, or even how the songs always reminded us that “he knows if you’ve been bad or good.” I mean, how does Santa really know if he has billions of other children to think about as well? I guess ignorance was bliss for me.
The truth was, I wanted to believe that a person like Santa could exist. That a man would want to travel the world to deliver gifts, kindness and cheer to everyone – even if it only lasted one night. That a world of peace and love actually manifested, and for once, we all felt happy and safe in that moment.
I don’t think it was that I actually believed in the ‘man’ of Santa Claus, but in his desire to do good deeds for others – both those not in need and those who were. I respect someone who wanted to bring smiles to the faces of children across the globe while filling a void in the hearts of those who just needed a little love.
This holiday season, be the “Santa Claus” for someone in the world. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or over-the-top. Just something simple that will bring back the childhood smile to their faces, like it did when they first believed in Santa Claus. After all, giving someone a gift brings a feeling of warmth to the heart that money and physical objects cannot replicate.
While we may not actually see a sleigh of reindeer graze the sky on Christmas Eve, it doesn’t mean that we still shouldn’t look above at the stars to remember that the greatest gift we can share, is to give back to our world with love and happiness.