Friday, December 9, 2011

Do You Believe In Santa Claus?

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My 9 year old granddaughter, Hope, has probably had questions for a couple of years but she finally asked her mom the question this year...."Is Santa Claus really you?"

This is how my daughter, Joanna, answered. Much of it came from a letter she found on the internet, origin unknown, and some she added herself. I have edited it some for length. I like the spirit of this response to Hope's question.

I bet you have wanted to know for a long if I am really Santa. The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa. I am the one who fills your stocking and leaves presents under the tree. I do it for you the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her. (Daddys help, too). I imagine you will do it for your own children some day, and I know you will love seeing them run down the stairs on Christmas morning. You will love seeing them sitting by the tree with their small faces lit with Christmas lights.

This won't make you Santa, though. Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us has lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to believe in something they can't see or touch. It's a big job, and it's an important one. Throughout your life you will need this capacity to believe:  in yourself, in your friends, in your talents, in your family and, most importantly, in God. You'll also need to believe in things you can't measure or even hold in your hand.  

Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve.: he has help from all the people whose hearts he has filled with joy.

With hearts full of love, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.

So, no, I am not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I am on his team, and now you are too.


  1. Yes, very nice explanation...

  2. Hi Jeanie, My oldest Grandchildren will be 9 in Feb, and they still haven't indicated they don't believe in Santa. What a nice way to explain all our parts in spreading happiness and love.

  3. I liked that I am going to send this to my daughter! sandie

  4. Beautiful explanation of the meaning of Santa.

  5. OK...I love it...she did a great job!
    Great to see you this morning!!!
    And talk and talk...I think I was a real jabber box!!! Caffeine does that to me (o:
    Thank you soooo much for the know I love it there (o:
    Hope you got a lot done this afternoon.

  6. I liked this explanation Jeanie! Very nicely done!!

    enjoy the weekend! hope it warmed up a bit fo ryou guys!


  7. Oh, how sweet! I love how she handled it. My sweet little girl doesn't want to give up on believing, even though many of her friends already have. I hope she continues to believe - it's almost as if she believes in Santa, then I can continue to believe! ;)

  8. This was really sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow! This is so beautiful and powerful. I wish I could have said all this to my children when they asked me the same question.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  10. LOve this!! Great answer and I hope many young mom´s will use this for their children.

    I was thinking of you and Pam together today and hope you felt my warm thoughts. :)

  11. Jeannie,

    This actually brought tears to my eyes! It's beautiful! Mind if I borrow it?

    My polaroids of Santa only lasted so long. Once they saw that Santa had the same wedding ring as me, they started thinking...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Well, there you go - this is about the sweetest thing I have read in a very long time ~

  13. What a beautiful, thoughtful post.

    This was really well written and thought provoking.

  14. This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever read. I love it. Just love it.