Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Do you believe in Santa Claus?"

There is this innocent and lovable 7-year-old boy who lives in his little world of sights and sounds, who loves joyful occasions and enjoys simple gatherings prepared by his parents. But more than anything else, he looks forward to Christmas. Oh, Christmas! It is a magical day. Lights go on and off. Many songs are sung. Great food is on the table. For him, Christmas is a day of marvels and delights. While it is a most profound and very significant day commemorating the birth of the Lord Jesus, and while it is a signal day reminding Christians about His Mother Mary and foster father Joseph, for the little innocent boy, it is a day of Christmas Trees, Christmas gifts - not mention Santa Claus.

Hence, he asks the question that has been his little head long since , and that has been somehow bothering him although deep in his heart, he knows the answer. Better, he wants the answer to be a simple and straight "Yes!" So, with Christmas just around the corner, the boy asks: "Do you believe in Christmas?"

It can now be told that there are about three distinct individuals who answered the question openly and publicly. The first one is an ordinary gentleman who understands the sentiment of the boy, his curiosity coupled with his credulity. The second one is also an ordinary lady who knows what children want to hear until they grow older to know better. The third one holds the highest public office in the land, has the whole government under his authority and command. He is definitely anything but ordinary.

Answered the ordinary gentleman: "Of course I believe in Santa Claus. I love the Christmas season. I enjoy giving and receiving Christian gifts - and singing Christmas songs, of course. I admire Santa Claus for his long white beard, his bright red and immaculate white suit. As yes, I love his loud laughter." The boy said: "I thought so too!"

Answered the ordinary lady: "Santa Claus? Of course, I do not believe but also love him. He brings joy to children and adult alike. He makes every Christmas an endearing and memorable day. And know what? He reminds and inspires me to decorate our Christmas tree - and to cook good food." The boy said: "I was right all along."

Answered the extraordinary public official: "Santa Claus is perhaps the personification of the best in people. More than anything else, we really have to shift, to those who are still left in the criticize-anything-and-everything phase, to transforming ourselves into how we can assist our neighbor, our sister and our brother or whoever, somebody we don't even know." The boy said: "What was that? What wrong have I done? Is he angry at me? I should not ask him any question anymore. I am now afraid of him."

There are lessons that can be learned from this faux pas: One, be yourself. Two, be real and true. Three, do not pretend to know so much.