“We don’t see him. That’s what makes him special” — Gracie (8)
I’ve been wanting to properly explore Santa for years. There was something about his outlandish representation that I find intriguing and I wanted to reduce the myth of the perfect, jolly fella and bring him closer to me - into the real world. After all, he’s a just an everyday bloke dressed up in red clothes, heading off to do his job and earn an income.
I started to explore Santa in the everyday before he got to work, but it was the imaginative words of my niece that first brought sense to the process. The make-believe world she described, with superpowers and fantasy ideas, that lead me to forming a real version of how he actually went about his business. These men aren’t magical, with their naff PVC boot covers and the Velcro fasteners, there was nothing necessarily exceptional about them and yet they had their quirks and uniqueness, which still looked pretty special in my mind.
The magic is always wonderful, but it’s the reality that I love and find much more remarkable.