Yes, ___________, there is a Santa Claus.
And, you don't have to believe in a man of flesh and blood who carries toys in a big red sleigh to be a believer in the legend, for Santa is a figurative representation of the magic of the Christmas season, the blessings we receive throughout the year and those we share with our neighbors.
Indeed, Santa is real! He exists in the spirit of the season as evidenced by the smiles on the faces of our children on Christmas morning. His reflection is seen in the eyes of the needy family who received something extra this year thanks to the generosity of others. And, his mission is made real in the sense of community that comes from sharing of ourselves.
So, don't be surprised if you hear the sound of sleigh bells on Christmas Eve. Santa's helpers have been hard at work in our community to keep his magic alive, in spite of disbelief.
Merry Christmas from the staff of the Tyler Star News.