I'm curious. What are everyone's thoughts on Santa? Do you think he adds to the season or commercializes and takes away from the true meaning?
I know you're all sitting on the edges of your seats waiting to hear my opinion on the subject. Oh, alright, I'll tell ya.....
Yes, I believe in Santa Claus. I believe he is a whimsical and wonderful symbol of Christmas. He teaches us to be good. He is charitable. He asks for nothing in return (although he's not opposed to an occasional cookie). I think he teaches many wonderful things which are reminiscent of the savior whose birth and life we celebrate during the season.
Things I love about this photo: the look of utter adoration on my dad's face, my dad's blue sweater vest, the starry-eyed look on my face, the way I'm holding on my dad's leg for support, my Mickey & Minnie sweatshirt, my Grandma (who I miss so much at Christmastime), and the wood paneling.
I wish, I wish, I wish there were a recording of dear old Dad singing this somewhere and I'd find a way to put it on here, but there's not. The lyrics, are the heart, though, and here they are....
A little boy tugged at my sleeve. "Sir, how about a shine?"
Won't you learn the meaning of Christmastime this year
Let there be a Santa Claus somewhere inside of you
The message of this song was engrained into my mind and heart as a little girl. Oh, I believe in Santa. But I also believe in trying to be like him. I want to advocate his cause - to do good, to help others when they're in need. If we could all take a little bit of Santa's burden, and give to others this season, we would be giving the truest gift of all....
Messiah, by Jared Barnes
Christmas blessings to all of you,