Paul Eres (rinku) wrote in tildemask,
Paul Eres




A special letter from Santa:

Often I have been asked if I believe in God. I have also read many letters from children asking why is there a Santa Claus when Christmas is supposed to be the anniversary or the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ. In today�s world, many people forget the truth about Christmas or have never really understood it. We all know it�s a time to get presents and have a feast, normally a turkey dinner with all our family and friends. There are also many people that don�t celebrate Christmas at all for one belief or another. In spite of all the questions we have, the origin of Santa or what we might believe in ourselves, we know that Christmas is a happy time and just about every one wishes for �peace on earth�.

I remember when I was small and asked my mom and dad who is Santa Claus. I was brought up being taught that Christmas was the birthday of Jesus Christ our Saviour. I think most of us know that December 25th, 2000 some years ago was not actually the date Jesus was born but is a date many choose to commemorate Christ�s birth. Many religions have different dates for this celebration. In fact, because we were Dutch, our celebrations were on December 5th and our Santa was called St. Nicholas or St. Nick for short. When I asked that all important question� �Is Santa real?� this is what my parents said to me.

�There was a Christian name St. Nicholas, that is where the Saint part comes from, and he was so happy that God gave to him a gift above all gifts, Jesus who died for our sins that it became a mission for him to tell every one how much God loves us and to help were he could by bringing food and toys for the children�. So I thought this was really good because there is a Santa! Then there was the sad part about this story my parents added: �In the times of St. Nicholas, there were many people that hated Jesus and made a point of it by arresting these Christians and put them in jail. Eventually St. Nicholas was arrested and was put in jail to stop him from talking about Jesus. This did not stop St. Nicholas and he continued to talk about Jesus even in Jail. Eventually these men that hated Jesus had St. Nicholas killed�. Now my heart was broken! �Oh my� I said, �that is terrible that St. Nick is dead!� My parents reassured me that because God loves us so much, we never really die and neither did St. Nick�.

�Because of how much St. Nicholas loved Jesus, and because of the gifts he gave to the poor, we still remember St. Nicholas at Christmas time. All of the gifts he gave, and all of the Christmas presents we give at Christmas, we believe are to remind us of the very best gift anyone ever gave to us. This is the gift from God our Father, his only Son, to us so we may have eternal life with God and never die�.

This was wonderful news to me that we would never die and that St. Nick was still around. Maybe not as he was but more less in a meaning and a way of celebrating Christmas. The story of St. Nick still lives within us and in many different ways. We see this wonderful tradition of God�s love in the Santa Claus we see today. My parents told me that Santa is very real. He lives in each and every one of us. His magic comes from within our hearts. We know this to be true us as we see the happy and gleaming faces on Christmas day.

Christmas is not a day of celebrating your beliefs but rather a day to commemorate the ultimate gift from God, Jesus� birth. It doesn�t matter what you believe in as far as a Santa Claus goes, but I encourage all people and children to celebrate with Santa at Christmas.

I do believe in the meaning of Christmas. A reminder of the gifts we receive every day from God. Santa is very real to me and I believe that no matter where he is in our lives, the North Pole or right in front of the mirror, Santa�s work of giving gifts to you to help remind you of the best gift of all, Jesus, is why Santa Claus is real.

I know that God is crazy about us and his love spans all of our lives from the North Pole right to your heart at home. I have enjoyed every Christmas and now as Santa at, it brings me much happiness that I can continue sharing the gifts as St. Nicholas did 1700 years ago.

Here is a photo of Santa kneeling at the manger praying to Jesus. This photo helps me to be Santa for all the people that visit here. I do pray to Jesus and thank Him for dying on the cross for my sins so I will never have pay for my sins in death. This is why this Santa Claus will never die.

Thank you for reading my story and God bless all of you.

Santa Claus
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