A reasonable for explanation for the apparent copyright infringement by North Pole toy workers is that Santa likely works out licensing agreements with the major toy companies. Licensing is a common practice in many industries in which the product’s developer gives other companies the legal right to produce their own version. In Santa’s case, the licensed products are indistinguishable from toys made in conventional factories.
With respect to the conspiracy claims of the various media, there are also numerous other conspiracy claims on various subjects. There are a myriad of unproven theories about every subject under the sun, some plausible, most not. In just the past few years, we have been subjected to claims of a “vast right wing conspiracy” against President Clinton, claims that President Bush was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, and claims that President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. Just because it’s in print, it doesn’t mean it’s true.
The conspiracy against Santa Claus has been going on for over one hundred years. In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking for the truth about Santa. The paper’s editorial response makes many excellent points about the Santa conspiracy. First noting that the Santa skeptics are the product of a skeptical age who lack the ability to believe in anything that they cannot see. It also points out the maxim of scientists that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Like many things in life, reality is not limited by what we can see. We can’t see the wind, but we know it is there. We can’t see an atom, but we take it on faith that its subatomic bonds will not allow a chair to fade into nothingness as we sit down. We can’t see God, but we know He is there because He makes His presence known in the world through His creation (Romans 1:20).
Similarly, we may not see Santa Claus flying through the sky on Christmas Eve, but we can see the effects of his annual journey. We see Santa in the Christmas Spirit of hope through Christ, generosity to our fellow man, and childlike faith. The colors of Santa’s suit (and Christmas in general) reflect the Christian origins of the holiday. Red represents the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross to pay for humanity’s sins. White represents the purity and holiness of Jesus. The green of the holly and Christmas trees stands for the hope of eternal life. Silver and gold are associated with the Christmas star as well as the treasures brought by the Magi.
Whether there is one Santa or a hundred thousand Santas around the world, there is ample of evidence of the Santa’s mark on the world. The compassion and generosity of Santa Claus helps us to see the love and hope that Christ offers the world. If Santa were nothing but the product of a vast, Christmas conspiracy, the world would be a colder and darker place indeed.
“Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.” – Luke 2:14
Merry Christmas to all!