Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Existence of Santa

Here is an insight (or self-delusion, depending on your point of view) that I had when I was a child. The hot debate among my peers was between option A: Santa Claus exists, or option B: The Christmas presents come from your parents. The third alternative that came to my mind was C: Santa exists because your parents bring him into existence. This third, slightly mystical interpretation can be explained using Hindu theology: Santa isn't actually a flesh-and-blood person, but is more like a divine spirit, and ordinary humans can become avatars of Santa. The spirit of Santa enters into the Mom or Dad, giving him or her the superhuman ability to stay up until 3:00 am wrapping presents and putting together bicycles and game tables.

From this point of view, telling children about Santa isn't so much an act of taking something away, but instead is inviting children to become part of the Santa experience. The stuff about reindeer and the North Pole is pure fabrication, as far as I know.

My opinion about God is basically similar. He exists, but only if we all work at it.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Rich said...

Try this: Replace every occurence of "Santa" with "Satan" in your post and tell me what you think.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Ian S. said...

I think some voodoo may be leaking into your Hinduism. Santa sounds more like a loa than a Hindu god.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich,

There's the force of good, known as Santa, and the force of evil, known as Satan. All opposites should be anagrams of each other. Instead of good and evil, there should be good and doog.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Ian,

I was thinking of the Hindu notion of Avatars. Parents are the avatars of Santa.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Re: anagrams. Yes, most assuredly, just as BRITNEY SPEARS is the opposite of PRESBYTERIANS.

I hope Santa/Satan has been good to you all this year.

9:40 AM  

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