#0139: The Myth of Santa Claus

Tomorrow is Christmas, which means millions of children will spend this evening anticipating what gifts they will be receiving from “Santa Claus” come Christmas morning.

Ah, yes, Santa Claus: that old-looking white man from the North Pole who travels around the world from house to house in a single night to deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls. (I’m sure if I tried doing that I’d be charged for breaking and entering, but that’s beside the point…)

Far be it from me to be a Grinch and spoil the realness of Santa’s existence.  What I WILL say, though, is that this myth has to be one of the BEST things someone ever came up with!

Why, you ask? As the story goes, in order for Santa to deliver presents to a child, they must have been “good” for most of the year.  Granted, kids will be kids, meaning they usually spend the majority of the year fighting with their siblings, crying for random reasons, and doing things to get on their parents’ nerves.

BUT… right around the time that Thanksgiving hits, they begin to get conscious of the upcoming Christmas holiday.  And, if they’re familiar with the “rules” of Santa’s gift-giving, they understand that they won’t get squat unless they start acting good, even if it IS the last minute.

As a result, even the baddest of bad kids will usually become much easier to deal with.  Sure, it may not be for the purest of reasons – they’re only doing it to get something back in return – but parents don’t really give a flying hoot as to WHY their kids want to be less of a pain in the butt.  They’re just happy their kid(s) are suddenly easier to deal with, even if it’s only for one month out the year!

So, kudos to whoever “discovered” Santa Claus and made him one of the focal points of the Christmas holiday.  Sure, they say that “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but Santa Claus is the reason your kids are being calmer than usual!

Ah, the myth of Santa Claus… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

– Aaron P. Taylor

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