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Santa Claus and The Aging Child
by Marjorie Dorfman

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Santa Claus is everywhere in the adult world. Seek and ye shall find. Eartha Kitt sings like a sensual kitten to an old guy called "Santa Baby":

Santa at the chimney"…Just slip a sable under the tree
         For Me…
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.
Come and trim my Christmas tree
With some decorations bought at Tiffany.
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me…
So hurry down the chimney tonight."

The only real problem with Santa as sugar daddy is perhaps what he expects in return. Although Santa is as pure as the driven snow, I still think sexy Eartha will have to provide more than a few Oatmeal cookies and a glass of milk! (See what age does to the mind?)

What is it about this old guy that is so endearing? Well, for one thing, meeting him only once a year keeps all of us at our best and serves to foster the jolly illusion. (It’s hard to dislike anyone giving us presents. We shouldn’t forget, however, that old story about the Trojan Horse.) The reindeer are cute and don’t require any care or attention on our part. Therefore, as someone else’s responsibility, they become even cuter!

For the child (aging or otherwise) who peers out the living room window on Christmas Eve in heavy anticipation perhaps there is a lesson to be learned. Presents for being "good" or "nice" we can handle, even if we have to stretch the truth a bit about our true positions. "Good" is, after all, a relative term. To Mae West, for example, good meant to be bad. For Al Capone and his ilk, "bad" was good and sometimes even better. Who’s to say? Truth be told, deep inside our yuletide souls we all know how good or bad we have been, but on Christmas Eve does anyone really care? (Besides the Shadow, that is.)

Hopes, dreams, fantasies and desires all come alive in a special way with the annual arrival of Santa Claus. He’s not here for very long, so make the most of his magic and good will. Whether you worship in a church or mosque, light Hanukkah candles, celebrate Qwanza or adhere to the teachings of Buddha, Confucius or any other formidable one, dreams are the same and they never die for the child in all of us. This is so whether we sit alone in aging skin or with others in their aging skins. All of us search the skies on that magical night seeking an old man on a sleigh led by nine reindeer, the one in front with a red and shiny nose. May we never find him, but may he always be there!
Happy Christmas
Happy Holidays to All!

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