Good Monday Morning!
I was out recently with a bunch of friends that meet for beer to talk about all things in life; both serious and not so serious. I really enjoy that time where we can let down our guards and just be ourselves, with very little expectation.
This week, we were having the “Santa” debate: Should you or should you not let your kids believe in Santa? After sharing perspectives and experiences around the table, we realized that there are many reasons for and against the idea.
I am on the pro side: I think there are many reasons why the Santa Claus experience is overall good. My thoughts are that we need larger metaphors in life to help us see the world in a different way, and the joy that children get from belief in jolly old St. Nick is truly magical.
I also think there are many good lessons for adults in the Santa story. I was reading a synopsis of a book called The Leadership Lessons of Santa Claus: How to Get Big Things Done in YOUR “Workshop” All Year Long by Steve Ventura. There were 7 that stood out for me personally:
1. Build a wonderful workshop
2. Choose your elves and reindeer wisely
3. Make a list and check it twice
4. Listen to the elves
5. Share the milk and cookies
6. Mrs. Santa Claus is highly underrated
7. Be good for goodness’ sake
May this Christmas and holiday season be full of wonder, joy and deep relationship for you and your family, and may you all receive an iPad Air from Santa! (OK, the last part is not so important..)
On behalf of myself & the great group of people I work with, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Believing, along the road with you!