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If you're old enough, you've probably heard from other people that there's no Santa Claus. I'm 42 myself, so it's been some time since I learned it. But the truth about Santa is more amazing than you realize. Are you ready to know the whole story?

Santa Claus is one of the oldest and largest secret conspiracies which has ever existed anywhere. Countless generations throughout the centuries have worked to keep it alive and pass it on to their kids. And the result is that every year in homes around the world, on the same night, millions of parents perform a complex, coordinated ritual of laying out cookies, milk, reindeer food... of putting their kids to bed and waiting until they are sure they're asleep, even those older ones who are sharp and suspicious. Then they pull treasure from closets and attics and hidden places. They use a certain kind of wrapping paper. They throw boxes away carefully. They write notes and leave footprints in the snow.

No one has to give the signal. No one holds a rehearsal. No one has to make sure it all happens again in 12 months. Moms and dad have learned it from their parents. Aunts, uncles and friends tell stories to keep it alive. A large portion of the human race makes this happen each Christmas Eve, and all of it is like, well, magic.

You don't have to believe in elves or rooftop landings. You don't have to accept anything that isn't right in front of you. And the heart of it is this: That we are here to love one another. That our most important job is to help the people around us build a life in this world. That the best we can ever hope to accomplish in our short time here is to someday be someone's happy memory. Parents know this. And so do couples and friends and anyone holding anyone else's hand under our shared and difficult circumstances.

And so without ever meeting each other we work together in the night to make it seem like some supernatural creature is travelling miraculously fast on a dazzling, impossible errand. And as dawn breaks across the time zones a world full of children believe. And someday, each of them will ask us about it. We will, of course, tell them the truth.

"Welcome," we'll say. "You've become one of us. The secret keepers and gift givers. It starts now. It starts today. You will spend the rest of your life doing wonderful things."

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  •  Thank you. (0+ / 0-)

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:24:34 AM PST

  •  This: (1+ / 0-)
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    That the best we can ever hope to accomplish in our short time here is to someday be someone's happy memory.
    Sweet.

    Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

    by Miniaussiefan on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:33:57 AM PST

    •  me too!! (1+ / 0-)
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      You beat me to it!  That was the (I hate to use the term "money line" in a diary like this, but....we do live in a Capitalist society..) money line!!!

      Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

      by Floyd Blue on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:37:37 AM PST

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  •  When my youngest was about 8 years old (4+ / 0-)
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    I had walked past her bedroom and overheard a conversation she was having with her older sister.

    "You know- I don't really believe in Santa Claus" she said.  "But don't tell Mommy."

    "I know."  replied her sister.  "Because she still does."

    And I still do.  I just finished wrapping all my gifts and on everyone the little note says, "From Santa Claus".

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:32:47 AM PST

  •  Not preaching.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ......I think this applies to all religions, and belief systems:

    There is something beautiful about every time of year, and everything if you want to see it; if you allow yourself to see it.  If you let it in.

    However, there is nothing wrong with 1/12th of the year being devoted to extra-beautiful, extra-good feelings, where many people (I am sure many on this site) go out of their way to help make things a little better, and change a little slice of the world, just that little bit.

    My favorite Christmas carole line (from a song other than "Oh Holy Night", that is)

    "Santa Claus knows we're all God's children.  That makes everything right."

    (Wow, I'm getting so mooshy as the years pass....wow!)

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:41:58 AM PST

  •  Damn! Couldn't you have put in a spoiler alert? (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (1+ / 0-)
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    When my kids started asking about Santa, I just pointed them to the answer the New York Sun printed in 1897 regarding the existance of Santa.... "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

    That's all I have ever said about the subject to my two daughters, all these years.

  •  Who benefits from this game? (0+ / 0-)

    The children or the adults?

    I remember the wonder of looking at a satellite traversing the night sky on Chrstmas eve.  I was very interested in aerospace technology.

    I wanted to believe it was Santa and I was filled with a sense of wonderment but I already knew the truth. I was trying to believe.

    Fuck that. Let's start our children as part of the reality-based community. Pass along the mythology of St. Nick but leave lying to children to the religious extremists.

    Reaganomics noun pl: belief that unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources and we the people can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

    by FrY10cK on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:34:29 AM PST

  •  Ive been doing the Santa Drag last few yrs (0+ / 0-)

    makes Grandma cry like a baby every time

    Kenyan Socialism today Kenyan Socialism tomorrow Kenyan Socialism forever May his reign last 1,000 years

    by OMwordTHRUdaFOG on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:52:36 PM PST

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