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Yes Meghan, there is a Santa Claus

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Michael Rielly

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In a few weeks, my daughter will turn 12. Yet despite the fact that most, if not all of the kids in her school no longer believe in the Jolly Old Elf, my daughter Meghan still believes that there is indeed a Santa Claus.

She knows that I and a few of my friends are Santa Claus Ambassadors and she knows that I run ClausNet.com.

At first, you might think that she is immature for her age, but she really isn't. In may ways she is more mature than some 15 and 16 years olds.

Growing up, my parents never told my brothers and I that there was no Santa Claus. In fact, I continued to receive gifts under the tree and in my stocking every Christmas right up until the year I moved out at 19 years old!

When I think back of growing up in my parents house I always think of Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to New York's The Sun

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

I didn't realize it back then, but now that I am a parent, I understand. My parents wanted to keep the spirit of Santa Claus alive in my heart -- no matter how old I was. This is a tradition that I hope to pass on to both of children and hopefully to their children.

Indeed. How dreary would the world be with no Virginias or for that matter, no Meghans...

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JanaBanana

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I know... when a child stops believing it can be tough... luckily my older children still play along for the younger ones...even going so far as to make out lists and ask Santa for things. They all still get a gift from him as well.

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Michael Rielly

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I know... when a child stops believing it can be tough... luckily my older children still play along for the younger ones...even going so far as to make out lists and ask Santa for things. They all still get a gift from him as well.

That's great! I love the fact that both of my kids keep the secret for their younger cousins!

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I have 7 adult children. I never told them anything about Santa. I stored presents in a large closet without a lock on it. My children, in their 30s now, still talk about how they never 'peaked'...Santa and his magic hold a place in my family's heart. It isn't about the gifts, although they are always there, it is magic...the knowing that he is coming...the believing you will find something under the tree...you know, we all still hear the bell in our house :0)

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Ol Santa

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Ol' Santa here.

You know Michael, during the Holidays I'll have way more than 50 - 60 kids of the the 6,500, kids that visit me at the Shopping Center ask me "Are you the real Santa Claus?". Now I have the mom's (and / or) dads standing right there and I don't want to outright lie to any child. So I just ask them "Well, what do think"? Many will say "Yes"; others will say "You look a lot like the pictures I've seen of him". But the ones I love best are the ones who ask; "Can I pull you beard?" That's when I just look 'em straight in the eye and say, "I really wish you wouldn't do that because so many boys and girls have yanked on it and my face is very sore from all that yankin. But I'll tell ya' what. You can pull real hard on my mustache or eyebrows and I won't care one bit "

You know, there's something about letting a child do that that gives them cause to back off a bit. Rarely do kids take me up on the opportunity when it's presented in that way.

OL' SANTA (Jerry Miller - Arlington, TX)

P. S. - I wear a half artificial beard but the mustache and eyebrows turned white when I started being Santa. Nope, I've never had that artificial beard yanked off!

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