Dear People of The World (mainly Adults):
I know to the majority of adults I am nothing more of an aberration, a fantasy that only children believe in. Some adults have even become cynical of me, dissing me for “taking over” for the real reason for the season: Jesus. I never intended on “taking over” Christmas; I only planned on enhancing it. And being a saint myself, please understand I’ve never been out to step on anyone’s toes–especially our Savior’s.
Instead of berating me for making Christmas so commercialized, please look in the mirror at yourselves and what you have created. I chose my vocation and entered the monastery as a young lad. I rid myself of all my worldly possessions and dedicated my life to helping others. I became the Bishop of Myra. I am considered the patron saint of sailors. What I simply started out doing, mainly helping those in need, such as the three poor young lasses I left gold coins for so they would each have a dowry, has been turned into a huge money-making circus. Not by me. But by YOU.
My purpose in being was never to tell you to run out to Walmart to buy this and that for whomever. You decided to do that yourselves. My life has always been simple. My desire has always been to just help others, lead by example and encourage others to do the same for their brothers and sisters. It’s been the media kings who have depicted me with bottles of Coca Cola, M & M’s and in songs about running grandma over with my sleigh (which, by the way, I would NEVER do!). I have always separated myself from, and greatly respected, Jesus Christ. After all, if it weren’t for him, there would never have been a Santa Claus.
So, my dear people, try to remember that I truly am a good guy. Like my friend Jesus, I too am a being that allows children (and some adults too) to have faith in something they may not be able to see. Together Jesus and I are the Spirits of Christmas. May we both live forever in your hearts.
Peace and love,