Do you believe in Santa?
By Julie Wu –mtltimes.ca
In our house, we still believe… whether or not Santa is “real”! It’s not about the presents or the guy in the red suit but it is about “believing”. It’s about what he stands for, at least for me.
Santa is generous and kind. Once I heard that Santa Claus is in all of us and I’d like to think maybe that is a little true. We all have the power to make the spirit of this holiday special for us and for those around us and not just about presents and stuff! Aren’t the holidays about giving and sharing, love and kindness? It begins in our homes and our families and the magic should be shared with the community all around us. We do what we can whether it’s holding the door for a stranger, helping a neighbor or offering a toy, a coat or food to a less-fortunate family.
We begin with the anticipation of Christmas by creating memories with each other daily throughout the holidays – reading stories, decorating the house, baking cookies and singing Christmas carols but we don’t stop there. Note: We aren’t perfect, we aren’t a Hallmark movie and we don’t always achieve these things but we do try to get a few minutes of Christmas spirit in each day. We do talk about how lucky that we have a loving family and food on the table and we do talk about those less fortunate and how we can help. We share ideas about what each of us young and old can do to lend a hand and help bring the spirit to others. It’s not complicated and we aren’t the Trumps but we do have a charity collection “piggy bank” that the children and parents contribute to when we can throughout the year.
We’re less than two weeks away from the big day and we all have the opportunity to be Santa to all the people we encounter day to day. Offer an extra smile or an additional tip to the waiter or your babysitter. Acknowledgement and appreciation goes a long way, and it’s certainly something that we can take beyond the holiday season. Santa is about giving, so give a little love and we can all use a little help, just like The Beatles song, “… I get by with a little help from my friends.” It’s the simplest yet most generous thing you can give and costs nothing. Making people around you feel special from the bottom of your heart and for making your life better is the most valuable gift of all.
So aren’t a few cookies and a glass of milk for jolly St. Nick, worth believing in?
AMCAL Family Services would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters, all our families and all the communities for helping us promote and preserve healthy family relationships and wish you a happy holiday season. For more information, visit www.amcal.ca.