Are You the “REAL” Santa?
I appeared this Christmas season before children asking, “Are you the “REAL” Santa?” It seemed as childhood disbelief, but children seek proof before revealing secret desires. What determines a “REAL” Santa? Does an investment in large sums of money for a spectacular suit with real boots and fur cuffs make you a “REAL” Santa? Is it a “REAL” beard instead of a designer beard which makes you a “REAL” Santa? Will children seeing a beautifully carved leather belt say, “He is the “REAL” Santa?” I have an International Sleigh Driver’s License and credit cards with Santa’s name in the pocket of my royal robe. Taking time showing these things, I realized time may be the proof needed to authenticate the one in red.
Children spell love: T-I-M-E!
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, sacrifice is the act of giving up something of value. Saint Nicholas sacrificed his own money caring for children and the poor; sacrifice describes a “REAL” Santa. Time is a commodity in this microwave society. Cell phones equipped with applications help with events plaguing our daily lives. At dinner, we see parents, teens, and tweens with cell phones ignoring family time and the smallest member of the family. Is this why children ask for cell phones to have time with their family? Children spell love: T-I-M-E!
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
Making a deposit in the life of a child
Years ago a deposit at the bank required a person to person transaction. Face to face with a teller, you brought your check and deposit slip. Today, I can take a picture of my check using the mobile deposit app and never see a person. I get immediate credit for most deposits but with a child, it is not so easy. We pick up the children from school, drive them to their favorite fast food restaurant, and then to their next activity.
Parents, be “REAL” Santas in children’s lives
- Like deposits at banks years ago, you must decide to have face-to-face interactions with your child.
- Children will remember piano lessons, gymnastics lessons, and sports, but will they remember the time you deposited in their lives?
- You may need to decide which is more valuable: activities or personal time.
- Realizing your deposits are not immediate it will require T-I-M-E to earn interest.
- Parents, you may have to sacrifice something you value to make these deposits.
Order a special video conference call from the North Pole. Yes, Virginia, Santa does call twelve months a year. Now, there is a new price of $29.95.