Friday, December 25, 2009

Yes, Popoy, there is a Santa Claus

In 1897, eight-year old Virginia O’ Hanlon wrote a newspaper to ask if there was a Santa Claus. The legendary editorial reply on September 21, 1897 by  Francis P. Church has since become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history. (Image from Wikipedia).

My son Popoy, 7, believes in Santa Claus. His kuya Vito believed in Santa too when he was Popoy's age. We make them believe in Santa not only because of F.P. Church's philosophical reasons but also to keep them from being naughty. He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice!

We make them believe in Santa because it's magic for kids to find out Santa managed to bring them their wish. We need all the magic early in life because we'll be facing many Maguindanaos later in life. Plus, the thrill of feeling the thrill kids feel when they see the gifts is priceless.

As they grow older and know better, I'm sure the kids won't take it against their parents for making them believe in Santa. I know, as I learned from Vito's case. He just says to Popoy, 'Oo nga me Santa pero si Itay 'yun!'. But it doesn't matter to Popoy now. He got his wish. Although last night after opening his gifts, he noticed the price tags still attached and exclaimed, 'Hindi pala gawa ni Santa ito, binili pala niya sa SM!'

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