Toni Kuhn

Santa = Joy

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santa updog“Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.” – Chris Van Allsburg

As adults we no longer believe in Santa Claus. Many of us have children that are older and have become non-believers also. Perhaps we need to revisit this. Santa represents youth, innocence, generosity, hope,  and joy. Santa laughs out loud freely, is kind, loving, a good listener, and spiritual. These are all qualities of a good role model. If we revisit our thought process and start thinking of Santa as an idea to believe in, we may find ourselves truly in the spirit of the holiday season. In all religions there is an entity that is praised and recognized. Why not let Santa be our universal representation of pure joy, and start believing again?

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph”.- Shirley Temple


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