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Long live Santa

Published 11/12/2012 | 17:00

• As a firm believer in Santa Claus, I find a certain absurdity in the attempt some literalists make to dissuade children from such a belief.

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I shall never forgive my precocious sister who decided that the truth, as she saw it, would set me free – informing me that I was being taken for a ride, albeit a sleigh ride. Thankfully, my belief was eventually restored.

The idea of Santa Claus is not about whether or not he exists but about the truth carried in the story. That truth is about the importance of generosity, self-giving and celebration.

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