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rebbel's avatar

Does Santa exist?

Asked by rebbel (32027points) 1 month ago

In a way.

Seeing that we pretend he does, by celebrating his coming every year, and us buying presents and gift them to our kids (and make them believe he truly exists for the better part of their first 10 years of existence).
His icon is omnipresent for at least two months around the end of the year.

Is Santa then not, in a way, real?

Just like a God can be real?

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17 Answers

zenvelo's avatar

This is a settled question.

He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no @rebbel. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

ragingloli's avatar

As real as the Easter Bunny, the Tooth fairy, child-delivering storks, the homework-eating dog, butterflies in your stomach, the frogs in your throat, the bird in your head, your Canadian girlfriend, and Jesus.

Inspired_2write's avatar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

His legendary habit of gift giving gave rise to the Santa in present day.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Define exist.

One definition is to be known or to be recognised. Show people (probably thanks to coca cola anyone in the world any where) a picture of Santa and they wil recognise him.

Inspired_2write's avatar

@Lightlyseared
He did exist but under a different name then as Saint Nicolas and in the presnt we remember that icon though a new name Santa.

Inspired_2write's avatar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

Here is a link to further explain the transitions to Santa in present day.

elbanditoroso's avatar

As much as Satan exists, or the Easter Bunny, or any other religiously identified chimera.

stanleybmanly's avatar

He’s as real as profit. Which is why his image adorns everything from coke cans to greeting cards, while impersonators by the hundreds of thousands, ring bells beg for money, and avoid arrest for bouncing kids in their lecherous laps.

cookieman's avatar

As we explained to my daughter, when she realized Santa wasn’t an actual person, “Santa may not be a person, but the concept of Santa or Papa Noel or Kris Kringle (or whatever they’re called in other cultures) is a beautiful concept that most of the world has agreed on.”

LostInParadise's avatar

From a scientific point of view, there is no way of testing for the existence of Santa Claus, so the question is scientifically meaningless. But if believing in Santa Claus makes you feel good, then go ahead and believe. What is the harm?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

All hail Stan….

Lee.

JLeslie's avatar

Pretend?

Of course he exists.

kritiper's avatar

He exists in your soul.

Strauss's avatar

How do you prove he doesn’t exist?

Dutchess_III's avatar

The same way you prove unicorns don’t exist.

doyendroll's avatar

Heaven forfend, you invoked Santa with the question.

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