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3b44142r Coming Down the Chimney Tonightdays on the calendarAs the tunes of wintry nights and romantic gift giving blare from every mall and radio station it is undeniable that the holiday season is here. Living in a country full of religious and ethnic diversity this season can mean many different things. But my version of this time of year is the mistletoe, fruit cake loving, pine tree in the living room, bell shaped sugar cookies kind of good time. Within this collection of experiences that to me means ‘Christmas’ there is one that, arguable, is the most valued tradition to children, that of Santa Clause. I remember first questioning this notion of a man delivering presents throughout the world when I was a child to which my parents quickly replied ‘if you don’t believe in him he will not bring you presents’ sure enough my sister and I quickly fell in line and to this day when asked we still attest to our devout faith in the man with the beard, Santa that is. But when looked at this tradition appears as an odd historical anomaly. In a society ripe with paranoia surrounding our children one that instills fears about the world ‘outside’ and the many nameless ‘strangers’ that want to bring young people unspeakable harm we, once a year, welcome the intrusion of an old man into our home. He will come down the chimney and stuff our stockings with gifts, piling the tree with trinkets, pausing to nibble on any cookies or milk that may have been left behind and then peeling off the roof with reindeer eager to meet their quota. In preparation for this home invasion children are plopped on the laps of old men in thousands of malls and told to tell all. It is only through these encounters with ‘mall’ Santas and possibly the letter sent to the arctic that we can be assured the gifts we gazed at in the store window will appear under our tree. This Santa has always been the key to this mystical process and faith in him has always been of the utmost importance because, as my parents often remind me, those that don’t believe don’t get anything. Perhaps it is the release needed for a culture that emphasizes extreme vigilance with regards to protecting our young. A vigilance which yearly spills over in the form of welcoming home invasions and encouraging children to sit on the laps of old men and whisper secrets.

Happy Holidays Everyone

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