I used to enjoy going to the local Halloween parade. My kids are grown up and on their own, so I have not attended the parade in recent years. One of the largest Halloween parade's on Delmarva is now simply called a "Community Parade." Other community centers no longer celebrate Halloween, instead they have a "Fall Festival." I am told the celebration of Halloween is a sensitive subject. Some families are choosing not to participate in Halloween activities of any kind because of religious convictions.
As a child in school, and later as an employee of a school district, I anxiously awaited the Christmas break every year. That week off from Christmas Eve until the start of the new year, was a special time of year to celebrate with family and friends. Searching for the Christmas Break on many school calendars I find that it is now officially the Winter Break. I am surprised that my official state list of holidays hasn't changed Christmas to "Recycled Pagan Celebration of the Winter Season."
Now the world is angry and fighting over the meaning of red Starbucks coffee cups. According to those drawing attention to Starbucks, the company is taking part in a so-called "war on Christmas" because the red coffee cups no longer acknowledge the Christmas holiday. According to Starbucks the company tries to embrace diversity. Does our world now define diversity as not showing any references to history or culture? Let's forget about all traditions that have any possible connections to anything someone claims is against their beliefs?
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.
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