In the spirit of the season, I present the story of Santa Claus, Indiana (from Chris Rodell at MSNBC.com):
Do you believe in Santa Claus? Answer no to that in one small midwestern town and you’ll be more than a holiday heretic. You’ll be an obstacle to civic advancement.
Welcome to Santa Claus, Ind., population 2,041, the only town in all America named after the Jolly Ol’ Elf and dedicated to celebrating the evergreen virtues of Christmas.
So to those who insist that Santa Claus isn’t real, you can cite the above article. Another option is to tell the story of St. Nicholas, as I did last year (on Examiner.com):
So how did St. Nicholas of Myra become jolly ol’ Saint Nick, aka Santa Claus? A legend tells how the saint gave money anonymously to a poor man with three daughters. Nicholas threw three bags of coins in the man’s window, one for each daughter. Depending on the version of the legend he gave the coins on consecutive nights, or annually.
Either way, you can tell any Scrooges who say otherwise that Santa Claus is real. The stories about him are just slightly exaggerated.