The meaning of Santa Claus
By Patrick Wood
Every year children ask their parents about the truth of Santa Claus.
This gives new life to a timeless story of a white-maned gift-maker who lives at the North Pole with his joyous spouse, industrious elves, a team of magical reindeer who cover vast distances pulling a sleigh through the skies.
We all enjoy the details remembered fondly from our childhood – the jolly giver of gifts with his long flowing beard, the shining smile on his face, the magic of his workshop, and the joy he brings to children’s lives all around the world.
But the true meaning of Santa Clause is more than this.
Santa represents the joy of giving, a delight we all feel at one point or another.
He embodies the spiritual joy we share with our fellow men and women.
He is the compassionate human face of that greater spirit that lives and walks among us.
He invites us to express what is best in our hearts and souls, in gifts given and received with those we love best.
May the spirit of Santa live in your life during this season.