EDITORIAL: Yes, Everyone, There Is a Santa
Sometimes, you just cannot improve upon the original.
Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” How many have tried to sing it? Each with his or her own “flavor”; but the deep longing in Bing’s voice for that time when soldiers are back home, and a simpler time cannot be improved upon. Take the original, every time.
The same is true with “The Editorial.” It goes by many names but the turn-of-the-previous-century sentiment still remains the best expression of what Christmas is. Not believe in Santa Claus? May we never, ever, become so callous in a lost and searching world that we lose our hearts.
This sentiment is expressed in the “Yes, Virginia” editorial in The New York Sun. A little girl’s father told her, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s true” (this was long before modern-day’s fake news), so she wrote to the Editor to find out if Santa Claus is real. The letter and the Editor’s reply are reprinted (as they have been many times) in our Letters to Santa section in today’s issue.
The words remind us of the true meaning of the season. Without our deserving it, we have received a great gift at Christmas. In commemoration, we exchange gifts with others, and have all the trappings that go along with a busy season of the year. Within this time of hustle and bustle, may we find time to just stop, sit, listen to seasonal music, maybe in the glow of the Christmas tree or fireplace, and just reflect on what it means to receive a gift, something we did nothing to deserve.
The Power of Reflection - it reminds us of that great line in the holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Clarence says, “You’ve been given a great gift - the chance to see what the world would be without you.” Each one of us has a role to play in the world, in the lives of others, and in our community. The absence of any one of us diminishes the light of the others. It’s up to us to make sure everyone’s light has the opportunity to shine as brightly as possible.
It is this spirit of giving that sustains us through the difficult times and should buoy us in times of prosperity. Lost in all the commercialism of this season is the simple fact that gifts represent something not earned, not given with strings attached, but given of a full and joyful heart. Not because we have to, but because we want to.
The Gift of Giving, that is what Santa Claus represents. Through the decades, there has been no more giving city than Clinton.
Just look around us at the giving of higher education at Presbyterian College, giving hope to the homeless at Thornwell, giving life to the less-abled at Whitten Center, giving a meal and more at Geraldine’s Kitchen, giving medicine at Good Shepherd, giving a caring word at Samaritan’s Corner, giving healing powers at GHS-Laurens County Memorial Hospital, giving knowledge in our award-winning District 56 schools, giving life to the word in our churches, giving cancer “the boot” at the Laurens County Cancer Association. Yes, it is difficult for us to help every, single person who needs food, warmth and encouragement - some will fall through the cracks. But, we try.
We keep coming back, year after year, to help just one more person than we helped the year before. Isn’t that what Santa would want us to do.
(The Clinton Chronicle family wishes for everyone a joyous, restful, reflective, and truly thankful for the gifts we have been given, Christmas season.)