As we approach another holiday season, remember that Santa is a symbol of moderation, not greed or excess. The mystery of Santa delightfully reminds us that sometimes the impossible IS possible. Our biggest joys often come from the smallest and least expensive gifts — people spending time with us, laughing with us and sharing love that they make a special effort to show during this time of year. Teach children by role modeling the important lesson that it’s not things that matter, but people. Share yourself generously with others. This season, give the Santa spirit.
Yvonne Vissing is professor of sociology and director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies at Salem State University. She is an authority on the social psychology of Santa Claus in children’s lives.