Blogger's Note: I am a big fan of Santa Claus. You do not have to be...but if you'd like to be, and still hope to keep Christ as the focus of your Christmas season, here are some thoughts on how to do so. (Elf on the Shelf is not one of them, because I find him too tangible and a bit too creepy -- but to each his or her own!)
|Trevor visiting with St. Nicholas|
- Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. God bless the editor who penned this famous answer to the age-old childhood question back in 1897, and the publisher who printed it. Also, God bless Virginia.
- G.K. Chesterton on Santa Claus. As this Patheos blog post highlights, the great English writer and Catholic convert believed in Father Christmas more, not less, with age -- and God willing, so might we!
- My Contribution to the Discussion. This is a column I wrote for the newspaper as a young father, as I was contemplating coming back to the Catholic Church -- my version of a "Yes, Virginia," targeting my dear friend Suz.
- Practical Advice for Parents. If you're looking for ideas on how to talk about Santa with your kids without straying too far into the false glamour of Toyland, check out this blog post from Catholic All Day and this one from The Radical Life.
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