Delve deeply into your mind and let your childhood memories from Christmas time dance freely. What do you see? A huge shining
tree. Horrifying mistletoe and a herd of aunts underneath. Christmas pudding decorated with boughs of holly. And something
more... Something fluffy, red and loud. Was that Santa?
It started a while ago. The previous year my grandma 'ordered' one lovely Santa Claus from Santa Agency. He looked really
convincingly, with long white beard, thick moustache and white fur on the egde of his red cap. Even his laughter sounded
authentically! No sooner had he taken my little cousin on his knees than she said bluntly 'You are not real'. And then I knew
Santa Claus was not going to survive in this world.
What is the reason for us not believing any more? People feel sure about everything that surrounds them, no mysteries, no
miracles. With a scientific backup there is no need to worry. Either grown-ups or children refuse to accept existence of
fabulous creatures, such as mermaids, unicorns, hobbits and Santa Claus! Besides, it seems that magic has become a superfluous
factor, no longer wanted, because it has been replaced by a magnificence of modern technology. What is so appealing in all the
modernity is that you don't have to put your heart in it. Magic requires much more.
For example, the story of 'Peter Pan' and Tinker Bell. This little fairy's life depended on others' faith. Once children didn't
believe in her, all her strength and fairy dust vanished into thin air. These creatures' lives are in our hands, definitely
not safe ones at all, which means that time is out for them. Under humans control they are not going to linger, for more of
them keep both feet on the ground and stick so tightly to realistic side of existence that it's nearly impossible to persuade
them to embrace magic in its pure form. They are not fully aware of the weight of responsibility.
Santa Claus might not be assummed by many to include the array of unreal characters, as he supposedly lived on this planet
once upon a time. Nevertheless, he feeds on our belief and will soon remain only in our memories. He needs us as much as we
needed him before. Let's just give it to him as a Christmas present.