Wildcats learn a heartbreaking holiday secret


Josh Bautista, Staff reporter

Most young children believe in the myth that is Santa Claus, but a part of growing up means finding out the terrible truth.  

Parents giving this bad news to their child is certainly a difficult conversation.  However, sometimes children can learn this on their own by staying up too late or disobeying parents for getting out of bed.

 The last thing children want to hear is that Santa is just a fairy tale. Sina Junior(11) from Normal West did not need her parents to tell her the bad news. “I found out from my brother because I listened into a conversation about Santa when I was nine years old, ” Sina said. “I was too young to know, but that’s growing up.” 

Pablo Addams(12) wanted to see Santa for himself on Christmas Eve. “When I was 10, I waited all night to see Santa, but when I heard a noise I ran downstairs, and I saw my parents put presents under the tree,” he said. 

Although young teens find out the Santa is not real, they still wish to perpetuate the myth of Santa Claus. Addams added, “Even though I found out, I can finally be a part of spreading the Christmas cheer around other children.” 

Santa may not last forever, but the holiday still lives on. Kids, teens and adults still enjoy the holiday. Spending time with family and giving to each other brings Christmas to life. The Santa myth still lives on today, and will bring joy to children around the world. 

Christmas is not about getting, it is about giving and keeping the hope alive for every child in the world. When they grow up, it will be up to them to keep the hope alive forever. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” said Buddy in “Elf”, and that is how to keep Santa alive if you believe in the spirit of Christmas.