Who is Santa? Every kid asks that question at some point. They want to know if a obese, jolly man in red really climbs down their chimney every December 24th night. I think this parent answered that question perfectly.
This mentality has been forgotten to most people. Santa has been turned into a commercial gimmick with no deeper meaning. But in all actuality, that man is a symbol for one of the most important ideas of life. The concept of believing in something that you can neither see nor touch is hard for a lot of people. They don’t believe in religion because they don’t have any physical proof. But at some point in their life, they believed in a man who could slip down the chimney while still being way overweight. It wasn’t logical but it didn’t matter. They had faith in Santa and Santa returned the favor with presents. That’s where the problems lies. They expect to be rewarded quickly for their faith and expectation. Religions usually don’t just hand you presents, saying, “Here you go. Thanks for being faithful.” Religious gifts come in a bit different wrapping. They come in a surprise visit from a loved one. A delay day on the morning of a huge test you aren’t ready for. All of the bad things that could have happened but didn’t.
So this new year, I challenge you to look for those secret gifts and to cherish them as much as you do the physical gifts you get this Christmas. How will it change your outlook on life?