If you follow this blog you know how much Christmas means to me and, if you’ve lived through 2020, you know how strange this Christmas season feels. No family gathered around the hearth, no friends gathered around the dinner table. There was a point, a few weeks back, when I even pondered not getting a tree this year—which would have been a lifetime first for me.
My wife, God bless her, convinced me otherwise and we found a sweet little tree—a large one just didn’t feel right—which now stands in our family room, blinking beacons of Christmas love at me. And I’ve realized that, given the state of the world, I have to celebrate Christmas this year. That it’s more important than ever to invite the unique magic of the season into my heart. To root and ground in the warmth, the compassion, the connectedness (to both God and our fellow creatures) that seems to radiate from the deeps of our souls every December 25th. To fill the Yule cup to the brim, drink deeply, and carry that energy into the new year: a year that, I hope and pray, brings much-needed health, sanity, and compassion to the entire world.
And now, without commercial interruption, here's Creation Point's yearly Christmas Special: my (very) short story, "The Truth About Santa Claus," illustrated by the great Vassilis Gogtzilas.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA CLAUS
He’d been thinking about it for days—ever since he heard Big Mouth Jenny Rizzo announce it on the school bus—and he didn’t believe a word of it, not one word. (Well, maybe ONE.) But Cody had to be sure, absolutely, positively sure—