Santa Claus by Thomas Nast (1881)
Today I visited the grave of Santa Claus.
The first thing to say, of course, is that of Santa Claus cannot have a grave, because Santa Claus cannot die and Santa Claus never will. Santa is – as every child knows – a magical being, given life and strength by the power of belief.
Santa lives in the North Pole and once a year, at Christmas time, he sails the night sky in an enchanted sleigh towed by his flying reindeer. The most famous of those, of course, is Rudolf, whose shiny red nose has saved the day more than once. This Christmas night, and every Christmas night, Santa will visit every child in the world and he will do so as long as children believe in him.
I always wonder, though, if Santa gets a little tingle when he stops to deliver presents…
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