Reality hits soon enough
To the editor -
I do understand where Mr. Kent is coming from in his editorial about Santa.
You have free articles remaining.
My own views on men in Santa suits are colored by the local “Santa” where I grew up, a highly creepy specimen, having been exposed as a child predator. I steer clear of the Mall Santas: time for Mrs. Claus to take over that duty.
Having said that, I’m always moved by children’s willingness to believe in Santa. For a lot of kids he is a benign adult who cares about them and whose purpose is life is to make children happy, one day a year. He may be the nicest adult they “know.” He is the Spirit of holiday joy, religiously non-specific, undemanding, and happy. For some children he is the best male adult in their lives.
Attention should be paid to a child’s need to believe in Santa, or the Tooth Fairy, or a Guardian Angel, or God. I’m partial myself to “the Sanity Clause,” invoked by Chico Marx. Faith itself is real. Reality itself hits us all soon enough.
Naidine Adams, Rapid City