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Holiday Feature

The Claus Connection

Bringing Real Meaning to One Girl’s Christmas

Santa Claus, it seems, sometimes gets a bad rap. Many besmirch the jolly old guy as a symbol of the materialism that Christmas in the United States has become – rampant commercialism, greedy consumerism, putting pressure on parents to fulfill even the most outrageous demands of their children. (Wait, would it be crazy to get my 4-year-old an iPhone?)

But this is not a story about that. Instead, it is a story about just how saintly St. Nick can be: a conduit to the true spirit of Christmas, reinforcing one little girl’s faith and giving her a reminder that, yes, there is deeper meaning to Christmas, and she and her family are right to celebrate that, above all.