The rolly-polly bearded man in the red costume referred to as Santa Claus in most countries may be an invention of Coca Cola and be viewed with disdain by some religious groups, but like it or not, this character has permeated much of modern society. It’s really an individual choice how you handle Santa Clause in your family, but here is my take on a list that was published some years ago that I have been modifying as time goes by. The original list was based on the Robert Fulghum poem and book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. I don’t agree with all the items of the original list so I whittled it down:
Encourage people to believe in you – you may not always succeed, but it’s always worth the effort. Sometimes they are just afraid to say it out loud, so learn to read between the lines and the movements.
A lesson in FAITH.
Always remember who’s naughty and who’s nice – in the end it will determine who your real friends are. Not everyone who is nice is sincere or dependable. There are days you need the naughtiness to stay nice.
A lesson in FRIENDSHIP.
Don’t pout – it scares people away. There is nothing sexy about pouting no matter what the fashion gurus or plastic surgeons try to sell us, it simply makes others wonder whether someone forgot to use deodorant that morning.
A lesson in ATTITUDE.
It’s as much fun to give as it is to receive – some people don’t know how to accept gifts for what they are: gifts! The best ones don’t always come in a box, but from the heart, trimmed with love and affection. There are always two parts to a gift – giving and receiving. It is never about the price, but the love you wrapped it in.
A lesson in GENEROSITY.
It’s ok to feel chubby – it’s not good for your blood pressure to always be in control. That’s too stressful. Inasmuch as we are trained by our professions to exercise caution and restraint, your loved ones want the real YOU who can and will eat, pray, love, laugh, and party with gusto.
A lesson in SINCERITY.
Whenever you’re at a loss for words, say “HO, HO, HO!”
Not a lesson in anything, but a darn good tactic!