I love this time of year! Just look at all the twinkling lights and decorations adorning everyone’s homes and even the malls. This is a special time of year, a time of wonder, and time of goodwill. And who represents the magic and wonder more than the guy in the red suit? You know who I’m talking about. Santa Claus. Yup, the guy in the red suit, black boots, and sporting a long white beard.
This classic image of Santa has been around in North America since the 19th century. But truth is, the tale of this old guy giving out gifts has existed in many different cultures for ages. Saint Nicholas, as he is also known, can be traced back to 4th century Greece.
In the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklass, carries a book listing names of children who have been good or bad. Dressed in red, he rides across the rooftops at night on a gray horse delivering gifts to deserving children. Then there is Father Christmas in England who dates well back into the 17th century. So you see, Santa Claus, in one form or another, has been around for centuries and in many different countries.
I don’t know about you, but I believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In other words, there can’t be as many stories about this kindly old man without there being some truth in it. So, I confess, I believe. I know adults don’t usually believe in Santa, but I do. At least I believe in the idea, the symbolism of the man. I believe in the magic of the season.
Every year, we give gifts to our friends and loved ones. We also receive gifts that remind us how special we are to others. And that, my friends, is magic. See, Santa’s magic does exist, so maybe the big guy does, too. All I know is that I’m not taking any chances. I’ll be watching out, making sure I’m more nice than naughty. And I’ll try not to pout or cry.
So what about you guys? Do you believe in the magic of this season? And since it is the season of gifts, I’ll be giving away a gift of a $15 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Entrants must be in a country where the cards are acceptable to win.
Wow, you are lucky to have such great friends! Because there were so many wonderful and touching comments, I have decided to give away 5 copies of Born at Midnight. So the winners are Izzy900, Lucero Guerrero, Jacqueline Talento, Amanda Corliss, and Katia. Please e-mail your snail mail address and the name and address of your friend to firstname.lastname@example.org.