Let's face it - for kids, Santa Claus is pure magic.
And I don't mean in a "hocus pocus" kind of way. I'm talking about in the way that causes every little kid to practically have a stroke on Christmas eve in anticipation of his
breaking and entering arrival.
Remember that? Remember being so damn excited about Santa coming that you couldn't even sleep - starting like a week before! It was the ONLY thing you could think about.
But did you ever stop to think about just how little the amount of time is, that most kids actually believe in Santa?
Seriously. Babies don't get it. Toddlers really only start to understand after they're 3. And if they're lucky, kids will make it to 3rd grade. After that, the kids in school (who know the truth) can no longer contain the sheer magnitude of the secret and simply must leak the conspiracy to everyone else before they explode from the pressure of the knowledge.
"You don't believe in Santa Claus do you?!!! Because Santa Claus isn't real. Santa Claus is really just only your parents and they buy everything and there aren't any elves either and reindeer can't fly and that guy in the mall is just a fat guy your mom wants you to take a picture with."
Of course kids are smart enough to not complain too much once they find out. My teens are still excited to wake up to presents from Santa on Christmas morning. And we still love to create the excitement.
From an adult's perspective, we tend to remember that Santa was magical throughout our entire childhood, when the reality is the window of belief was really only about 5 years - max. That's not very long.
Anyway, maybe Santa never has been about a guy in a suit in the first place, but instead simply the act of parents continuing the tradition.
I mean if you think about it, there never has been an actual physical Santa Claus, yet all kids believe he exists anyway. Then, when they have kids, the thrill of Santa gets passed down again and continues to live on and on forever.
I don't know... creating an imaginary figure so real every kid believes it?
Sounds like magic to me!