I don't know about you, but I still believe in Santa. I've believed in him my entire life and I still haven't found a reason not to believe in him. Often, when I share that with people, they laugh nervously and walk away.
I think he's real and that he lives somewhere very far away from us all. But once a year, he comes around to remind us that the year is drawing to a close and that we should be good to each other.
However, I do not believe an overweight man with the ability to squeeze his fat ass into a chimney and appear spotless in the living room to deliver presents actually exists. As far back as I can remember, I heard my parents stacking presents under the tree. I knew they didn't come from Santa. Why would Santa give me presents? And before the internets and Blackberries, how the hell could he have kept track of it all? And why would Santa only bring presents to children? How ageist is that?
Somehow, I still know he's out there, lurking among crowds of people, spreading the gift-giving spirit. He's the kind of person that can walk into a room full of people and make everyone smile. And somehow, when you're on that last-minute run for that final present, Santa is there somewhere, helping you get the job done.
Even if you don't believe in Santa, I hope you believe in his spirit. The year 2006 is coming to an end, and it's in everyone's best interest to take a moment, clear your head, and think positively as we get ready to start a new year.
Yes, there is still a war going on. And that idiot is still in the White House. But we actually are making a difference. The Democrats have lots of control, and while it's not a cure-all, it's a step in the right direction.
Now, more than ever, it's up to all of us to be on our lawmakers like flies on shit ( such an apropos metaphor ) . If you see something you don't like, pick up the phone and tell somebody about it. You elected them and now you need to continue to hold them to their promises.
And to take it a step further, if you've donated money to an organization this year, make sure you keep tabs on what they are doing with your money. If you don't like it, say something. Or speak with your money and give to another group.
While Santa may know who has been naughty and who has been nice, you have to figure it out too. Keep your eyes open and read more than just that red paper they give out at the train station. There's a huge amount of change in the world each day and you cannot rely on one source to tell you everything you need to know. Stay informed, and tell other people about what you find out. Information is truly the best present ever.
With you in 4/4,