What is Santa? {40 Definitions From a 40-Year-Old Who Still Believes}

What is Santa?

“Does she still believe in Santa?”

I’ve been hearing that question frequently lately as my sweet eleven year old approaches another Christmas still having that “sparkle” in her eye. “Yes, she still believes in Santa,” I reply each time. “Her 40-year-old mother still believes as well.”

How could I not believe in Santa? The definitions of his “realness” are everywhere!

1. Santa is love.I Believe in Santa Main Pic 2

2. Santa is seeing the glow in your child’s face when they meet him for the first time.
3. Santa is having as much fun moving the elf around as the kids have trying to find him.
4. Santa is the spirit of the Christmas Season.

5. Santa is the love of giving.

6. Santa is the spirit of Saint Nicholas who was known for secret gift giving.
7. Santa is Black Friday shopping guilt free because you’ve saved all year for those special things on
their list.Gingerbread cookies
8. Santa is making gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread house.
9. Santa is family Christmas traditions that you pass on for generations.

10. Santa is laughter.

11. Santa is cherishing the yearly mall pictures whether the kids are screaming or smiling from ear to ear.
12. Santa is watching the grandparents spoil their grand kids with no remorse whatsoever.
13. Santa is the picture of a living room floor covered in wrapping paper from wall to wall.
14. Santa is driving around in PJ’s and slippers looking at Christmas lights.
15. Santa is Christmas carols while decorating the Christmas tree.
16. Santa is watching Rudolf on Channel 4 with your kids just like your parents did with you.
17. Santa is Celebration in the Oaks.
18. Santa is the irreplaceable hug in the airport terminal from a loved one you haven’t seen in
months.

19. Santa is being in love.

20. Santa is the ornament you made in Kindergarten that still makes it to the tree every single year.Deserves a Friend sign
21. Santa is mistletoe, garland, inflatable snowmen and candy canes.
22. Santa is the star on top of the Christmas tree.
23. Santa is the excitement of tracking where his sleigh is on the iPad.
24. Santa is getting to wear an ugly Christmas sweater and still being considered “trendy.”
25. Santa is celebrating the birth of Christ.
26. Santa is eggnog.
27. Santa is the Salvation Army collection in front of your favorite department store.

28. Santa is peace.

29. Santa is midnight mass on Christmas Eve.
30. Santa is the newborn wearing “Baby’s 1st Christmas” outfit.
31. Santa is believing anything is possible.
32. Santa is that perfect moment when the kids, in their PJ’s and half opened eyes, see everything
Santa left them.
33. Santa is Hallmark and ABC Family Christmas movies.
34. Santa is hot chocolate with marshmallows and more marshmallows and more marshmallows
and more … you get the picture.
35. Santa is forgiveness.

Hot chocolate36. Santa is family.

37. Santa is the work Christmas party when no matter what office politics and gossip happen the rest of the year, the whole company comes together to give thanks for a great year!
38. Santa is the fun of making a Christmas list.
39. Santa is putting the letter to Santa in the mail and wondering where it will end up.

40. Santa is … REAL.

Do you still believe in Santa? What are your definitions of Santa? What are you child’s definitions of Santa?

Lindsay
Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She came home shortly after Katrina, to work as a zookeeper and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her husband Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. She now works full time as an Environmental Scientist and part-time as NOM’s resident Jill of All Trades. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. She loves to cook and sprinkle a little glitter on everything.

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