Santa Claus is believing in something greater, believing in something magical. ~Vanessa Grimaldi, on The Bachelor [S21, E12, Nov. 2016]
Christmas is coming; it is almost here!
With Santa and presents, good will and cheer!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Christmas,” 1940s
Do you remember, in the old days,
How you gathered around the cheerful blaze…
When stockings were hung and prayers were said
And your mother had tucked you safe in bed,
How you sneaked downstairs at the dawn’s first light
To see what Santa had brought that night?
~J.A. Edgerton, “At Christmas Time,” in The Coming Age, December 1899
Everyone slips onto the naughty list once in a while. ~Stevie Wermers-Skelton, Kevin Deters, & Chris Williams, Prep & Landing, 2009
Whene’er I find a man who don’t
Believe in Santa Claus,
And spite of all remonstrance won’t
Yield up to logic’s laws,
And see in things that lie about
The proof by no means dim,
I straightway cut that fellow out,
And don’t believe in him…
~John Kendrick Bangs, “A Toast to Santa Claus,” A Little Book of Christmas, 1912
Somebody’s coming here to‑night
When the skies are dark and the stars are bright,
And I thought I’d leave him a little bite.
He’s a gentleman, jolly and generous too,
He is short and fat and his eyes are blue,
And he always comes to us down the flue.
He waits till he’s sure we’re sound asleep–
He wouldn’t come if he thought we’d peep,
For he has secrets he wants to keep…
~Susie M. Best, “A Surprise for Santa Claus,” c.1894
That is the fun about fairies and fairy-like people, you know, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t be half so much fun if they were like we are. They can do all sorts of things that we never could do! ~Louise Price Bell, “There IS a Santa Claus!,” 1935