Friday, December 22, 2006

A Heartwarming Christmas message

Cecil Adams has the last word on belief in Santa:

Let's just say his existence can't be definitely ruled out.

He goes on to deliver what I'd call the last word on the subject:

Besides, to believe in Santa Claus is to believe in magic. The belief in magic in many respects is a pernicious thing. Because of it you've got countless multitudes thinking that aliens abduct people, that Elvis is alive, that you can earn big money stuffing envelopes in your home, and that the TV preacher can cure you if you send him 50 bucks. A certain class of persons, of whom your columnist is one, will go through their lives attempting to extinguish these foolish hopes. No doubt in the main it is good that we do so. But even the sternest among us remembers the wonder we felt as children to think there was a force having a kindly interest in us that wasn't bound by the rules of this drab world. Wherefore if there's someone who's going to say flat out that Santa Claus doesn't exist, it's not going to be me.
Cecil may be the last remaining media figure who we can still count on to level with us when it counts. Personally, I believe Santa Claus is as real as God, and unlike God, Santa's love is unconditional. For that I will forgive Santa almost anything, even being imaginary.


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