, Corbin, KY

December 23, 2010

Yes, Virginia, There Really is a Santa

The Times-Tribune

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To quote a famous letter from the 1800s, “Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus!,” and we found him! Who would ever guess, our Santa is also a minister. No false makeup, no fake beard, this is exactly how he looks in everyday life. How do we know he is our real Santa? Other than the suit, which is a dead giveaway, look at the eyes. The wonderful thing about this man is not the beautiful suit, or the amazing snow white beard.  It’s the pure joy glowing in the eyes of the man. The eyes really are the window to the soul.

We in America got the name Santa from a fourth century bishop named St. Nicholas of Myra (now Turkey), who was legendary for his kindness and generosity. He was a champion of children and the needy, often giving gifts to those in need without any recognition for himself.

Today, we tend to think of Santa as a jolly little fellow who comes around once a year bringing gifts and then disappears back to the North Pole to prepare for his next trip. However, our Santa lives with us every day of the year, and as of the 10th of this month, Santa (and Mrs. Santa) will celebrate their 40th anniversary! They are Bill and Dian Willis of Van Buren, AR. They have two grown children, Nikki and Dustin, and four grandchildren, Landon, Mackenzie, Ryan and Victoria. Bill and Dian also own a portrait photography studio called Executive Color Studios.

Of course, our Santa would like to remind people that the true gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ. Many of the traditions we continue to observe during the Christmas season represent aspects of His life story. For example, our gift giving traditions are derived from the three wise men who found baby Jesus and honored him with gold, franchincense, and myhrr. You just can’t have Christmas without Christ in it.

Santa’s mission is to spread happiness and love to all. Wouldn’t it be fun to be like Santa? Maybe we could all strive to join Santa in his happy mission this coming year! The world might be a better place.