People laugh at me when I tell them that I believe in Santa Claus.
Calvin Coolidge said that "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind."
I wrote the poem "Believe in Santa Claus" for my kids back in 1995 to show them that Christmas is my state of mind, and the spirit of Santa Claus is in my heart.
After first publishing "Believe in Santa Claus" on the internet I received some colorful email accusing me of being an anti-capitalist communist, among other things.
I guess my social-political views are a bit too complex for some to understand?
I fully understand that the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. My exploration and celebration of the myths and legends of Santa Claus are not meant, in any way, to demean the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
I also understand that what the current crazy world does at this time of year, and associates it to Christmas, is something simply insane. Black Friday fights at Walmart have nothing at all to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, or believing in Santa Claus.
In my world, to believe in Santa Claus is to believe in childhood and charity. That does not interfere with my ability to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
In my world, Santa Claus has nothing to do with capitalism and marketing. If avoiding shopping malls on Black Friday makes you think I am an anti-capitalist communist, I'm cool with that.
In my world, the spirit of giving and the warmth of a child's smile, is what makes us real. If you can deal with that, welcome to my world.
Don't get caught up in someone else's world. Create your own world, and believe.
Santa Claus 2013 with Olivia Jane
Santa Claus 2001 with Laura Jane
Photos property of Tom Peracchio
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