Do you find it curious that younger and younger kids no longer believe in Santa Claus while the season gets longer and longer? Catalogs began coming in July. Decorations and goods were out well before Halloween yet the retail prospects remain gloomy. Over commercialization paired with a shaky economy, the loss of the meaning - and those kids.
Santa will have a lighter load this year because kids no longer seem to be kids. It's sad and frightening all at the same time. Today's headlines told of a 10 year old in Tennesee who tried to poison his teacher by lacing her coffee cup with dry-eraser cleaner. In Oregon a 6 year old was suspended for drawing a stick figure shooting another in the head and threatening other students. And in Georgia three boys, ages 8 and 9, stand accused of kidnapping and raping an 11 year old girl! All in today's headlines! What the heck has happened to parenting? And kids??
It seems we should be concerned with more than whether a Santa says "Ho ho ho" or "Ha ha ha"! My sensibilities are far more offended when I foresee the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come becoming the the most recognizable symbol of the Season. The reality.