The Real Santa

You might have seen in the news that a Sicilian bishop had to apologise because he’d told some children that Santa wasn’t real.

But isn't he? The real message of Christmas is all about hope and love. Santa might not be a jolly chap who delivers presents in the dead of night, but he symbolises all the people who share their love, without expecting thanks. He teaches us how to have belief in something we can’t see or touch. He brings gifts even though we’re not as good as we’d like to be.

We are each a Santa when we creep about in the night, hoping children won’t wake up while we leave gifts. It’s an exciting and happy feeling, knowing we’re bringing joy to them. Belief in God brings us joy, and giving to others in any way reflects that joy. Imagine if we thought of ourselves as Santa, bringing happiness in all we did. As Jesus said, whenever we do something for someone else, we do it for him.

Let’s be more Santa in our approach of giving kindness to others, quietly and without looking for thanks.

And that’s why Santa still visits our home.

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