If I was forced to select a single word by which to live my life, it would be “integrity”. The night I woke up at 3 am, with the seeds of this ranch planted in my head, I pledged to live my life by that single word and to build this dream around it. My kids (now age 7 and 9) have grown up believing in Santa. Is it integrity to teach children to believe in a myth? Although I have a very strong spritual and faith life, I’ve taught my children that whatever religion they follow, it is only our best guess and not an absolute truth. So, how come I’ve been so willing to live the myth of Santa?
This year, it is time to answer the questions from the 7 year old. I’m going to paraphrase from Kids Talk, a newsletter I get through the Montessori school:
I see Santa Claus being all those people in the world, who strive to serve humankind, to make life more enjoyable, more comfortable, more magical.
In the first stage of believing in Santa Claus, when we’re little, we’re on the receiving end. When we live the secret, we are on the giving side, which is fun. Being like Santa, which is doing our jobs with cheerful intention to help others, makes amazing things happen. Once you know how Santa works, you become Santa Claus. You do your regular stuff with love in your heart, and you try to help others not expecting anything in return. Santa is people helping people.
When you are old enough to truly understand Santa, you become Santa. And that’s when you truly believe