Opinion

A message from Santa Claus

With Christmas in just a few days, I want to share a few thoughts with local families.

First of all, I will no longer deliver toy guns. If you find a toy gun under the Christmas tree, it did not come from me. Same goes for violent video games and movies that desensitize America's youth. Don't even think about putting these items on your wish list this year — or any other year. The only gun-related gift that I'm interested in hearing about is a solution that makes families safer.

I grieve for the families who lost their children in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. The news has bruised my soul. You must remember that my entire livelihood is based on bringing smiles to children's faces, each and every year. With a heavy heart, I will still deliver their gifts and put them under the tree.

Even though I live thousands of miles away from Connecticut, I can't stop crying about those children. I wish there was a way to bottle up all that pain and hurt, load it onto my sleigh, and haul it away forever. I wish I could shoulder that pain on behalf of all those parents, just so they could stand a little stronger this Christmas.

There are some things even Santa can't fix.

I want to recognize the adults who guarded those children with their lives and stared evil in the face. These heroes give us faith in humanity, they give us hope of a better way, and they remind us to embrace the ones we love.

Regardless of what you believe, I want you to believe in the spirit of Christmas, which is rooted in love. Let that love guide you all year long, and long after Christmas is over. It can be romantic love, platonic love, paternal love or fraternal love.

With love, you can conquer anything.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

 

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