Saturday, December 23, 2006
The Santa Question
When our children found out about Santa, we initiated them into our family secret - Santa or St. Nick is real because he lives on in each of us as we take up the task of giving to others. Therefore, it was now their responsibility to be Santa for others. My son, Chris, reports that this made sense to him. At a young age, he understood in some sense that while the Santa of the red suit, sleigh, and reindeer was not a factual reality, the myth of Santa was real in that it told a truth at a level deeper than surface facts. As a teenager and young adult, he continued to connect the dots, seeing the importance of myth in the stories of Tolkein, Lewis, and even George Lucas.
Happy short fourth week of Advent -