Why Santa Is Real

Santa with a green checkmark next to him, affirming Santa is real

Santa Claus is real in the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Believing in him can have long lasting, positive effects on cognitive and social development, including strengthening creativity, building family traditions and instilling morals.

Santa’s story fills the world with goodness and generosity, brings families closer together, and fills the lives of believers everywhere with love and warmth year after year. If you believe in Santa, he’s real.

Macy’s has always believed in Santa. That’s why we’ve created the #SantaProject, our mission to spread the magic of belief to the Internet and beyond. On this page, you’ll find some interesting information about the man himself, the history of belief in him, and the importance of keeping it alive in our modern age.

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Experts Say You Should
Believe Santa

Santa Claus on his slay, bringing presents and joy

There are many reasons why you should believe in Santa because there are many benefits to believing. Experts agree that belief can be an amazing and important part of childhood. However, they’ve also found that these benefits extend beyond childhood into adulthood, family life and beyond.

Kids benefit if they believe in Santa

Experts have found that childhood belief in Santa has a number of beneficial factors when it comes to cognitive development. First off, believing encourages kids to expand their imaginations, which leads to strengthened critical thinking. Santa presents a riddle that needs to be thought through, an interesting problem that needs to be considered and solved. Thinking about Santa in these critical terms helps kids use their minds in important ways. Noted psychology professor Jacqueline Woolley said the following: “The kind of thinking involved in imagining how nine reindeer could fly through the sky carrying a heavy sleigh may well be the same kind of thinking required for imagining a solution to global warming or a way to cure a disease. This kind of thinking — engaging the border between what is possible and what is impossible — is at the root of all scientific discoveries and inventions, from airplanes to the Internet.”

The whole family benefits if kids believe in Santa Claus

Furthermore, expert opinion suggests that believing in Santa Claus is good for the whole family. Firstly, Santa helps instill family traditions. Everything from hanging up stockings along the fireplace to leaving out cookies and milk on Christmas Eve create lasting traditions and rituals that bring the family together around the holidays. It gives everyone in the family something to look forward to and participate in together.

But the benefits go further and touch home on a more personal level. Experts believe that engaging with his story “allows adults to vividly recall their own childhood sense of wonder and to create fun opportunities for their loved ones.” The holiday season is commonly considered one of the most nostalgic times of year, and being able to take time to reflect on your past so that you can more fully engage with the present is something truly special. It’s the kind of gift that someone like Santa specializes in.

The History of the Question
Is There a Santa Claus?

Newspaper article from The Sun, reporting Santa is real

One of the most iconic askings of the question “Is there a Santa Claus?” was posed in 1897 to the editors of The New York Sun by a young girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. The then-eight-year-old had asked her father Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested that she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Upon receiving the question, Sun editor Francis Pharcellus Church sought to answer Virgina’s simple question in a way that spoke to the deeper meanings at play.

Francis responded by penning the now legendary “Yes, Virgina” response letter, a resounding affirmation of the realness of Santa. The piece went on to be the most reprinted editorial in any english-language newspaper of all time, and its story has helped to inspire belief in Saint Nick ever since.

We here at Macy’s consider the article a resounding endorsement of the power of belief, and have gone so far as to tell its story in our flagship store’s holiday window display, and on a Broadway stage in the form of a musical.

This year, we see the #SantaProject as a kindred response, and hope to inspire belief in our youngest generation the same way Francis inspired belief in Virgina’s.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Santa Claus

Who is Santa Claus?
Santa Claus is a jolly, old man who has a big beard and wears a red suit. He loves bringing presents to well-behaved kids all over the world. He delivers his presents once a year, on the night before Christmas. Oh yeah, and he absolutely loves cookies and milk.
Where does Santa Claus live?
He lives in the North Pole, with his wife Mrs. Claus and fleet of magical, flying reindeer. In addition to his North Pole home, Santa also has a factory where he builds toys for kids the world over. This factory is filled with hundreds of elves who help Santa build his toys. While his exact address remains a mystery, you can still reach Santa by writing a letter addressed to him and your local post office will make sure it gets delivered.
How old is Santa Claus?
While Santa’s exact age is unknown (he’s not that big on birthdays) some experts believe that he’s 1,746 years old. But don’t worry, he’s not planning on retiring any time soon.
How big is Santa’s Sleigh?
While Santa has never publicly revealed the schematics for his sleigh, we do know that the sleigh has to be large enough to hold Santa himself and his giant sack of presents. However, many people believe Santa is able to dramatically reduce the size of his bag of gifts thanks to his magical powers. That’s why his sleigh is small enough to land on the roofs of houses.
Does Santa know where I live?
First off, Santa has the power of magic on his side, so it’s very easy for him to stay up to speed on what every single kid is up to in the whole world - including where they live. He’s also got his whole team of elves to help him keep track of addresses and - of course - his naughty and nice lists, so be good for goodness sake!
What are the different names for Santa?
Santa has gone by many names depending on what part of the world you live in. Some of his most popular monikers are Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and St. Nick. Also, he’s called “Grandfather Frost” in Russia, which - to be honest - is pretty cool too.
Why does Santa like cookies and milk?
No one can live off of cookies and milk all year long, Santa included, but our jolly hero has always had a sweet tooth, and simply chooses Christmas Eve as his night to indulge. After all, Santa works so hard on the night before Christmas that he figures why not reward himself a bit along the way.
Where is Santa Claus right now?
It’s hard to say, it depends on the time of year. But there’s a very good chance that he’s in the North pole right now, working away in his workshop or relaxing with Mrs. Claus.
Does Santa Claus really exist?
Santa is as real as the goodness and generosity he brings into the world. He’s as real as the family traditions he creates, and the love and warmth he brings into the lives of believers everywhere. If you believe in Santa, he’s real.
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