I believe in Santa, here’s why

It’s Christmas day and someone is doing something called spatchcocking to a chicken. I don’t eat meat, so I’ve taken refuge to write this post. I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas films recently (obviously) and thinking a lot about feeling festive. Even though I’ve decided there is no perfect festive feeling I’ve decided I believe in Santa. Here’s a breakdown as to why using quotes from my all time favourite Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street (the original, not the remake)

Why I believe in Santa, with the help of quotes from Miracle on 34th Street

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to: Miracle on 34th Street

 

Sure, a man can’t fit down the chimney and visit everyone’s homes in one night. There are a lot of people in the world who don’t have the luxury of getting Christmas presents. Common sense tells me there is no Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel. But as Kris Kringle himself says in Miracle on 34th Street…

Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind. And that's what's been changing...: Miracle on 34th Street

This goes back to the idea of setting a holiday intention, enjoying the frame of mind you want to be in at Christmas rather than a commercially packaged idea of the day. Boyfriend put it well recently when he said “Christmas is about happiness and love”. He doesn’t normally come out with such wise sayings!

There is a lot of bad isms floating around and one of the worst is commercialism : Miracle on 34th Street

 

Sadly Christmas has become so much about commercialism. The idea of Santa is used to make children behave so they’ll get loads of presents. We feel bad if we don’t get everyone everything they want each year. Every Christmas has to be bigger and better than the last. But that’s not what the spirit of Christmas is about, and to me that isn’t what Santa represents. Santa is the idea of generosity and kindness towards all beings. That is something I can totally get behind, and think we could definitely use more of in this world.

Perhaps if we all took a leap of faith and believed in Santa again we’d feel happier.

We’d feel there was always someone looking out for us, and because of that be more inclined to look out for others ourselves. Believing in Santa engenders a kind spirit and that’s why I’ve decided I believe in Santa.

Merry Christmas!

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and whatever you believe I hope you’re having a nice Christmas. If it’s a tough day for you, remember not to beat yourself up about it. There’s no such thing as the perfect Christmas, and it can be a lot less stressful if we just take the pressure off.

 

 

About ecarr

Ellen is a writer and theatre maker who has just taken the freelance plunge after too many years of 9-5 office life. She is a yoga teacher in training and passionate about pursuing your dreams.

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