Christmas is a time, of course, to celebrate the birth of Our Savior over two thousand years ago, but there is nothing wrong with the Santa Claus tradition as a means of adding joy and laughter. It's wonderful for children to enjoy their childhood with special memories, while parents relive their own childhood through that of their children as well. I'm sure that Jesus Himself would nod in agreement with that sentiment, but we just need to remember Santa's proper place as a secondary part of a solemn occasion recognizing the beginning of a path to an eternal life.
But Santa is a healthy addition and he lives in our hearts. To believe in Santa is to believe in the Spirit of the Jolly Old Gentleman who loves us all. And if you don't think he's real and can work wonders, how else could he cover the globe to leave gifts for children wherever they be? His Spirit makes time go slow on that one night, allowing him to circle the world with gifts for all who know him between sunset Christmas Eve and sunrise on Christmas Day. He's magical and it all comes from your heart.
So, the next time someone says to you that Santa doesn't exist, just give them a hearty, "Bah Humbug." Who needs a grump and a Mr. Grinch at Christmastime. Happy children with joy and laughter and the wondrous birth of the Christ Child combine to make it a special time for all. Keep the Christ in Christmas and the Santa making his rounds on Christmas Eve. Both are good for the soul and are a combination of Spiritual Truth and childhood joy. Why in the world would we want to destroy such things? A sane person wouldn't.