Santa is REAL!
It’s that time of year again: winter. Nothing says winter more than icy streets, chilly weather, poor driving, time change . . . and hot cocoa, sugar cookies, good cheer, family, spreading joy, and well-wishes from strangers on the street. It’s CHRISTMAS time!
With Christmas, of course, brings Santa Claus, that jolly man in red who somehow travels the world in one night bringing presents to good boys and girls across the globe. Possibly the #1 modern-day emblem of Christmas (well, except for the big-guy's birthday), Santa brings more than just presents through the night of Christmas: he brings hope, joy, and good cheer and the expectation of Santa Claus puts most people -- young and old -- into excited, merry moods throughout the whole month of December. Santa is the human embodiment of the season, of peace on earth, of joy, and goodwill to all.
Some people, however, don’t believe in Santa Claus. In fact, just this October the US Air Force put out this near-sinful tweet (see right).
I have a feeling there is at least one social media manager who is getting nothing but coal this Christmas.
Santa is real and even North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa’s whereabouts all through December. Google even developed a Santa tracking site, preparing kids for Santa’s departure with games, learning activities, and more. As of this moment, Santa has just three days left before his departure. How do I know Santa is real? Well, for one, in 1897 The New York Sun answered a young girl questioning the existence of Santa. The Sun told 8-year-old Virginia,
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy... No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
So, you’ve never seen a flying reindeer and you find it hard to believe one man can travel hundreds of thousands of miles in a single night? Well, sometimes humans must operate on blind faith alone and I believe there is a Santa Claus, one that will continue working early into the morning of December 25 for all good boys and girls. Hopefully, we can hold onto the joy he brings for a little longer than just one day, though.
What does Santa Claus have to do with camouflage? Everything. Santa IS camouflage. He can cloak himself in cloud and stars so no one can see him if he doesn’t will it. He’s the master of disguise, having eons to perfect his cloaking from the peering eyes of (somewhat naughty) children. Why won’t the US government ask Santa for help redesigning camouflage? That’s another story.
When Santa and his many helpers leave the North Pole to visit with children all across the globe, the group of Santa's Helpers usually dons their red and white uniforms. However, sometimes they plan something a little more special.
In Louisiana, one Santa’s Helper called Santa Steve visits children of military families and wears beautiful, fur-trimmed camouflage fatigues (right). Santa Steve rides an Argo six-wheeler through Louisiana and boasts, “Duck Dynasty has nothing compared to Santa when traveling in Louisiana!” So dedicated to his position as Santa's Helper, Santa Steve helps troubled families when needed and has even learned some foreign languages to communicate with children coming from abroad.
Even notorious actor-comedian and "new-Santa" Will Ferrell (left) understood the power of camo and Santa when he brought a camouflage toy sack during his 2015 appearance on The Tonight Show.
Whatever you think, whatever you believe, believe in Santa, king of Christmas and Camouflage. Know that he is real.