Merry Christmas to all! The Nugents are doing fine, thank you. Enough about us.
This time of year always brings up the question from many youngsters to their parents asking if there really is a Santa Claus. The following is a little something I write for my grandchildren, but I hope it will help you explain to other kids, big and small, that Santa Claus is very real.
Santa Claus is an alive spirit — something you can’t necessarily see or touch — but rather a loving, selfless, giving spirit that rests within the hearts and souls of good people everywhere.
You can see Santa Claus if you pay attention and look closely. Look inside a U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots truck, and you will find piles of new toys on their way to kids who might not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. Santa Claus put them there. U.S. Marines will deliver them.
Look at the grocery cart near the exit door at the grocery store that has a sign on it requesting a donation of food to the less fortunate. The cart will be full this time of year. The store will need to put our more carts as Christmas draws near. Santa Claus filled those carts with food.
Listen for the Salvation Army bell ringers who stand in front of stores ringing their bells. Watch people drop their hard earned money into Salvation Army buckets and go about their business. What you are seeing is Santa Claus in action.
Local newspapers, television and radio stations have programs to collect donations to help the less fortunate in your community. If so, watch the tally grow and grow to thousands and thousands of dollars. Santa Claus donated that money.
You will hear reports throughout the Christmas season on radio or read in newspapers about acts of kindness by strangers to help a neighbor in need. That stranger’s name is Santa Claus.
There are thousands and thousands of nameless people who donate money throughout the year to help defeat cancer and other health problems. They also have a name: Santa Claus.
Tons of gifts and millions of Christmas cards are being sent by anonymous Americans to our courageous U.S. Military heroes overseas. Santa Claus sent those gifts and cards to our brave men and women in uniform.
Companies all across America donate money and products to homeless shelters and other charities to help the less fortunate. Santa Claus is alive and well in those companies.
There are of millions of people who have the spirit of Santa Claus deep in their hearts, as they know that the true meaning of Christmas is about giving, not receiving. As we are preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, remember that He commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves. With that simple request, the spirit of Santa Claus was born.
The Nugent family, like so many American families, don’t necessarily wait for Christmas to give, but we do kick it up a notch or ten at this spiritual time of year. Burning inside us all is the drive to do good and give. The Christmas spirit is alive and well. Santa Clause is coming to town. Merry Christmas America, to one and all.