10 Reasons There Truly is a Santa Claus
Tis the season when the spirit of Christmas fills the hearts of millions of excited children worldwide. While parents prepare for the upcoming holidays, kids are tucked away in their beds eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. Many young children believe in the magic of Santa Claus, and it is that magic that helps to teach children the joy of giving and receiving.
Santa Claus, also known as St. Nicholas, or Kris Kringle, has been around since the early 19th century. Today we know him as a plump, bearded, rosy-cheeked man clothed in a white fur-trimmed, red suit. At the end of every year, children send their Christmas lists to the North Pole where they believe Santa Claus resides with Mrs. Claus and his busy elves.
Once Santa has made his list and checked it twice, he loads up his sleigh with toys for all the boys and girls in the world. With the help of his team of nine flying reindeer, Santa Claus delivers toys to all the boys and girls around the world. He slides down your chimney, leaves gifts, and if you leave him goodies, he will take those on his way out.
Some people find the possibility of one man delivering gifts to every child in the whole world in one night to be an impossibility. Other Santa skeptics find it hard to believe that reindeer could fly. To set the record straight, here are the 10 reasons why there truly is a Santa Claus:
It is common for people to doubt, or remain skeptical of what they cannot see, smell, tor touch. While it is easy for most children to believe in Santa Claus, others have a harder time subscribing to the idea. Thankfully, you can see Santa’s departure from the North Pole, and track his arrival at every home this year.
This holiday season, you can track Santa using NORAD, which has been tracking Santa’s movements for over half a century. This program began on December 24th, 1948 when the United States Air Force issued a radar warning claiming they had detected an unidentified sleigh operated by eight reindeer. The report was then forwarded to the public by the Associated Press.
The annual Santa tracking program began with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, (NORAD), on December 24th, 1955, and is now an annual occurrence. Today, children and skeptics from all over the world can log in and watch as Santa is tracked using jet fighters, high-powered radars, and satellite systems.
If that is not enough to convince you, Google has joined the efforts this year and officially launched their Santa’s village tracker. From now until December 24th, they are offering games and holiday cheer to get everyone prepared to track Santa’s journey around the world. After the 24th you can return and follow his journey on your desktop, mobile, android apps, chrome, and google maps. Still a skeptic? Log in to one of these tracking sites on Christmas Eve and view the yuletide journey.
9Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Over a century ago, a young New Yorker named Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote a letter to the New York Sun, hoping to find out if Santa Claus was real. A distraught Virginia turned to her father after an argument with her playmates regarding the validity of Santa Claus. Her Papa informed her, “If you see it in the Sun, it is so.” With this sage advice, the young girl sat down and decided to write the New York Sun asking, “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus”?
The letter reached the Sun’s editor Edward P. Mitchell, and he instructed his veteran writer to draft a response for the next day’s publication. The writer assigned to the job was Francis Pharcellus Church, a man who had seen war and the worst of what humanity had to offer. His response became the most reprinted editorial to date.
Just as Virginia had given up hope in receiving a response, the Sun informed her that her friends were wrong. Church went on to explain that Santa Claus does, in fact, exist, as surely as love, generosity, and devotion exist. He assured her that the friends who told her otherwise were victims of a skeptical age who only believe in what they could see. The article went on to explain that the best things in the world are those that we cannot see.
The article ends, “Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding, Santa Claus lives and lives forever.”
8The North Pole is a Real Place
Santa Claus lives in the North Pole with Mrs. Claus, his nine reindeer, and the busy toy-making elves in his centuries old workshop. If you find that hard to believe, you might take solace in knowing that the North Pole is a real place, in fact, Santa has his own address. Children from all over the world can write a letter and send it straight to the Santa’s Workshop. If the mailing address does not convince you, you can visit the North Pole.
The North Pole is in the center of the Northern Hemisphere, in the middle of the arctic ocean. It is comprised of a thin sheet of Arctic ice, seated barely above sea level, which absorbs heat from the surrounding Arctic Ocean, with temperatures just below freezing year-round.
Santa is not the only person dwelling up North; some native Intuit tribes reside there in addition to several animal species. The cold climate of the North Pole is perfect for humpback whales, orca’s, the arctic fox, and, plenty of reindeer.
Adventure seekers can embark an arctic adventure to the North Pole, or even run a North Pole Marathon, and visit the local hot springs. Legend has it that you may even see a Unicorn on your trip. If you doubted the likelihood of Santa based on the location of his workshop, rest assured, the North Pole is a real place that has been around since 1909.
7Who Says Reindeer Can’t Fly?
The notion that reindeer can fly a sleigh may have you doubting the existence of Santa Claus altogether. It may help you to know that reindeer, do in fact exist, and some even have red noses. These animals are members of the deer family, and depending on their location are sometimes called caribou. Many scientists believe that Reindeer were one of the first domesticated animals over 2,000 years ago.
In order for Santa to deliver gifts to all the boys and girls on Christmas Eve in one night, he needs the help of his flying reindeer. While Santa and his elves are the only ones who have seen these flying reindeer, it is not altogether impossible for these animals to exist. Scientists estimate that planet Earth is home to over eight million species, and while they have been trying to categorize the living world for hundreds of years, there are still over 300,000 species of living, unclassified organisms left in the world. This means, flying reindeer may be the next uncategorized species, one that only Santa knows about.
Reindeers have elastic tendons that allow them to bounce and maintain a clear leap. A large reindeer weighing upwards of 600 pounds could easily jump across an entire river in a single stride. Santa’s helpers are equipped for Christmas Eve as they can travel up to 40 to 50 km in a day. With all the rooftop carrot breaks they can easily make it around the world and back with Santa in one night.
The theory of Ockham’s Razor is a principle founded by philosopher William of Ockham stating that “plurality should not be posted without necessity.” Put simply, Ockham’s razor means if there are two explanations for one occurrence, the simpler one is usually better. To understand which of the two occurrences are simpler, we must first weigh the two arguments.
People who argue against the existence of Santa Claus have several reasons to doubt him and they justify it with complicated mathematical equations. For instance, physicians, statisticians, and mathematicians, have calculated in detail the distances and the number of children in the world to determine whether it is probable for Santa to make his December 24th delivery. Further calculations are made to determine if it is possible for Santa to fit down a standard chimney.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the believers who state that every year Santa and his elves make a list of all the good boys and girls. Once they have checked it twice, they load up their sleigh with toys, and head to deliver toys.
One explanation is purely scientific and complicated. According to Ockham’s Razor, believing in Santa Claus and believing in magic is the simplest answer, because that is the very essence of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas means something different to everyone, but is should truly embody the joy of Christmas. When it comes to the magic of Santa Claus, there are no calculations needed; the simplest answer makes the most sense.
5Santa Claus has a Long History
If you are looking for definitive proof of Santa Claus, you can trace his history back to 13th century Greece. Contrary to popular belief, old Kris Kringle is not a modern-day fable or an annual department store idol; he has ancient roots.
The Santa that we know today was born as Nicholas in Patara, Turkey, somewhere around 28- A.D. Nicholas spent his adult life helping the sick and needy, and became revered for his kindness, and faith. After several years, Nicholas’s popularity spread, and he became known as the protector of children and sailors.
Towards the latter end of the 18th century, a New York newspaper released clippings of St. Nicholas at the annual society’s meeting. The famous images feature stockings filled with gifts and Sinter Klaus (a shortened form of St. Nicholas) depicted in a red coat with yellow socks.
By the 1840’s newspapers began advertising pictures of Santa in shopping malls for holiday advertisements, and by 1841, thousands of children had arrived to visit a Philadelphia life-sized Santa Claus model. He made his emergence in the 19th century in Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, which details his journey and made him very popular.
Throughout the nineteenth century, Santa Claus can be seen throughout several catalogs, Japanese illustrations, and WW2 propagandas. Many people believe the history of Santa began with Coca-Cola because of the Norman Rockwell painting in 1920, which is still infamous today. Regardless how Santa Claus started, it is hard to deny his long-standing place in history.
4Your Children’s Toys Prove the Existence of Elves
Have you ever wondered why children’s toys have those impossibly tiny little screws? On Christmas morning parents, all over the world are breaking out their toolboxes searching for their micro screwdrivers and triple A batteries. Why is everything so small? Not only are the parts small, but the packing is impossible to open. It truly isn’t Christmas morning without trying to break into thick plastic toy boxes secured with rubber bands, twisting wires, and stripping tape.
It makes sense that your children’s toys are packaged this way for a reason. Santa’s elves are tasked with making toys, loading Santa’s sleigh, and looking after the reindeer. To prepare for the arduous journey around the world in the sleigh, the elves must make sure those toys are secure. The last thing anyone wants is a broken toy on Christmas because it fell out of the sleigh. Santa’s little helpers are very small, which is why you are searching for those tiny screwdrivers.
If you are having a difficult time believing in the possibility of elves, you can review their origin throughout history. Elves have a centuries-old history dating back to Shakespearian time when elves were considered to be magical shape shifters. Elves dwelled in kingdoms found in meadows and forests and quickly developed a reputation for mischief.
Throughout history, elves evolved, and are still present in several modern-day fairy tales and fables. So, the next time you are assembling a toy for your child, look for the signs of an elves handiwork.
3Science Proves that Santa’s Sleigh is Capable of the Job
For all you rational Santa skeptics who are not swayed by Ockham’s Razor, a North Carolina State University study may prove you wrong. A team of professors in the University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department challenged students to explore the thermodynamic and aerodynamic difficulties Santa Claus would face delivering gifts to millions of children from an airborne sleigh. Not only did the results conclude its possibility, they found that Santa Claus is a brilliant physicist and engineer.
The study found that Santa Claus expanded upon Einstein’s theory of relativity to create relativity clouds. If you are unfamiliar with the theory of relativity, it is a law of physics, stating that the speed of light in a vacuum is independent of the motion of observers. Using this law, the study concludes that Santa Claus creates “rips in time”, or relativity clouds, enabling him months to deliver presents, and only a few minutes to pass through Earth.
To achieve this, his sleigh is more advanced than any other form of air transportation, with lightweight titanium alloy that is 10 to 20 times stronger than anything made today. The truss of his sleigh is designed to improve aerodynamics in the air, as well as stability for landing on steep roofs.
A key finding in the study was Santa’s use of a “magic sack” which instantly creates toys for good boys and girls and cuts down the weight on his sleigh. This magic bag combines carbon-based soot from chimneys with other local materials to make toys.
2Santa Cam’s and Surveillance Equipment
December is the time of year when everyone is just a little skeptical, or at least curious about Santa Claus. Many children defy their parent’s and stay up all night hoping to get a glimpse of Santa’s sleigh. If you are still one of the skeptical few, why not watch Santa live from the North Pole from his Santa cam? Anyone can log into Santa’s website and watch what him as he prepares for Christmas. Once Santa departs for his worldwide journey on Christmas Eve, the NORAD site has Santa cams positioned all over the world so you can follow along with his journey.
There is even a live reindeer feed if you are interested in seeing what Santa’s special helpers are doing. While you are checking up on Santa, you can also email him your Christmas list.
The use of surveillance equipment to spy on Santa Claus does not only benefit you, how else do you think he keeps track of all the good boys and girls in the world? He certainly can’t rely on his elves and good old fashioned handwriting for a job this important. The advances in modern technology brought us the ability to track Santa’s journey from our laptop’s, desktop computers, and even our phone. If you wanted, you could even set up a special camera to capture his arrival in your home. You can be certain that Santa is behind this new technology and that while you are watching Santa, he is probably watching you.
1The Story of St. Nicholas is a True Story
The life and story of St. Nicholas is true and begins in third century Greece on the Southern coast of Turkey. Nicholas was raised by wealthy parents as a devout Christian, who died of an epidemic while he was very young. He inherited a large sum of money after they died, which he gave up to assist the needy and the suffering.
Nicholas later became the Bishop of Myra and dedicated his life to serving God and the needy and suffering. He became known for his generosity, concern for others, and love for children. His reign was short-lived, as he was soon imprisoned and persecuted for his faith by a ruthless emperor named Diocletian.
After Nicholas was released from imprisonment, he attended the Council of Nicaea to preserve unity in the church. He died on December 6th, AD 343, in Myra, a day that is now known as St. Nicholas day.
Throughout the course of his life, there have been many accounts told of his good deeds and extraordinary character. St. Nicholas Day is still celebrated today in Europe, Germany, and Poland with feasts and acts of generosity. December 6th remains the primary day for celebration and gift giving in much of Europe. The eve of St. Nicholas day is often celebrated with candy, riddles, and carrots and hay for the saint’s horse.
Though his example of kindness and unconditional generosity to individuals in need, primarily children, St. Nicholas is still considered a model of compassion in modern day.
For many people, Santa Claus is nothing but a myth or a worldly distraction to the religious aspects of Christmas. To others, however, Santa Clause represents the spirit of the holiday season. When it comes to whether Santa Claus truly exists, we know for certain he lives and breathes in the hearts of children all around the world. He represents the magic that boys and girls feel as they anticipate Christmas morning.
Many skeptics doubt that Santa Claus exists because they find it hard to fathom the possibility of one man delivering toys to all the children around the world in one night. Others doubt that Santa’s sleigh could carry the weight of the toys, or that reindeer could fly. In addition, many skeptics find it hard to believe that Santa lives in the North Pole with a workshop full of elves who make the toys that he delivers.
From what we have seen throughout history, Santa Claus has been a genuine part of the holiday season for a long time. If you are a curious Santa skeptic or an enthusiast, you can track Santa through the NORAD site to watch his journey. You can rest assured that his sleigh is equipped for the job thanks to a talented group of North Carolina State students who were able to prove that Santa Claus is a brilliant engineer. Still a skeptic? You could always visit the North Pole yourself; it is, after all, a real place, you might even run into Old St. Nick himself.