Are You Santa?

December 18, 2013

in Lifestyle

Believe in Santa

What do you do when your child asks if you are Santa? I found this last year and saved it because I loved it so much. This is what I plan on telling my boys when they ask. I have searched and searched for the original author, but I can’t find it. If you know, please tell me so I can give credit. Thank you Ali for letting me know that the original post is here.

Dear {child’s name},

Am I Santa?

The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa.

I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her.

I imagine you will someday do this for your children, and I know you will love seeing them run down the stairs on Christmas morning. You will love seeing them sit under the tree, their small faces lit with Christmas lights.

This won’t make you Santa, though.

Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch.

It’s a big job, and it’s an important one. Throughout your life, you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your friends, in your talents and in your family. You’ll also need to believe in things you can’t measure or even hold in your hand. Here, I am talking about love, that great power that will light your life from the inside out, even during its darkest, coldest moments.

Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he’s filled with joy.

With full hearts, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.

So, no. I am not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I’m on his team, and now you are, too.

I love you and I always will.


What do you plan on telling your children? Or do you just skip Santa completely?

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.


Ali December 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

The author’s name is in this article:

Lindsey December 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Thank you so much!

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