I believe that Santa is the spirit of giving without expecting anything in return. Giving anonymously for the sheer joy of making another person happy. Believing in Santa means believing that people are good, loving, generous and kind and want to bring joy to others.
I believe that once we stop believing in the red suit and magical reindeer, we must become part of Santa, or one of Santa's helpers.
It means, like the magical elves, that I plan all year. Part of living in balance is living without debt, so I save starting in January and I don't treat Christmas like an unexpected emergency. Imagine how much happier we'd all be if Christmas was never a financial burden and January didn't mean credit card bills. Imagine if our Christmas Budget was right where we needed it to be. Santa works all year to make that happen.
I like to believe in a world where we all still believe that people are kind hearted and generous. When people forgo no gift-arrangements and simply receive a gift with joy, knowing that may very well be all the gift giver wanted, was to see them experience joy. Where we never hear "I thought we agreed not to exchange gifts?" or any other response to a gift besides a heartfelt expression of joy and gratitude. I like to imagine a world where the joy of giving is all we need and a gift is never an obligation but that giving is a joy to all of us.
I like to believe in a world where people remember what the stories of Santa teach us, Santa sees you when you're sleeping, and knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good ..... but he doesn't know what you want for Christmas, you have to tell him what you want, either in person or in a letter. Imagine how much better all our relationships would be if we stopped assuming that someone who loves us should know what we want. If we instead assumed that they would move heaven and earth to make us happy if they knew how, and then we simply asked for what we want, the world would be a happier place. I'm not referring to material things. It's sad how we stop believing we can ask for what we want in any relationship.
Santa teaches children to dream big and believe that their wishes are possible. I like to believe that I can still dream big and ask for help in seeing those dreams become reality.