Yes. He is real because of two things:
- The wonderful imagination of children
- Wonderful parents
Those two ingredients make for a truly magical part of childhood. Santa is something that every child should get the opportunity to enjoy. He is the wonderful jolly fat dude that keeps kids up at night listening and watching for him and who makes Christmas morning such an amazing time. Santa brings that special something you wanted, or that gift you never expected, or sometimes even those clothes or other items that you really needed.
Of course, there comes a time in every child’s life where they have to find out who Santa really is. Hopefully this comes from a loving parent, but unfortunately sometimes is comes from a slip of the tongue, a mean kid, or just someone that didn’t realize the magic was still there. In any case, the key to remember when talking to your child is that Santa is real. Yes, of course. Santa is not a real person, of course not, Santa is the magic of that wonderful experience, that wonderful parent, the loved gift, the joy in a child’s eye.
So, this begs the question of the Grinch. There isn’t a Grinch either, there are many. All I can say is shame on them for ruining it, especially the parents who encourage their children, knowingly or unknowingly, to spread the word of what Santa isn’t.
Every year when you celebrate the reasons for Christmas, remember that Santa is real, and enjoy the magic of the season.