Waiting for Santa Is Practicing Allowing

by Dana Boyle on December 7, 2011

Remember when we were kids and our parents told us Santa won’t come unless we fall asleep?  Remember all that anticipation of Christmas, the excitement of expecting Santa to come and fill your stocking or the underneath of your tree with presents you asked for?  Remember how hard it was for your  parents to convince you to get to bed and go to sleep?

And remember that when you finally fell asleep Christmas morning came in a snap, and you woke up to a wonderland of new toys and surprises?

There are lots of adults I know out there who resent the Santa story.  They say they are hurt that their parents lied to them, and that we forget the true meaning of Christmas by commercializing it and making it about some guy in a red suit who brings presents.

I think the Santa story is about much, much more.  It’s about giving, learning to receive graciously, and being thankful.

More than that, it’s about learning to release attachment to things and simply allow.

When you’re a little kid you want the new toy you want REALLY BAD, and your mom or dad takes you to see Santa to ask for it so they can clearly know exactly what it is you want for Christmas and so that you’ll know that if you believe and you’re good you’ll get it for Christmas.  You do everything you can to make sure it happens.  You ask your parents about it a lot to remind them and assure yourself that Santa will come.  You work really hard to be good in the hopes that Santa won’t have any reason to put you on the Naughty list or skip your house.  You leave out cookies and milk for Santa so that he has a good reason to stop by and to thank him for his visit and give him a snack for his long trip.

Remember getting into bed and lying there with saucer eyes, peering out the window for any sign of Santa?  Remember listening to every noise wondering if it’s sleigh bells or hooves on the roof?  Remember being told, “You better get to sleep in there or Santa is going to skip our house!”  And you waited up as long as you could, sometimes even checking out your bedroom door to see if he came.  Eventually, your tired little eyes got so heavy you couldn’t keep them open anymore and you drifted off to sleep.

Before you knew it the sun was shining in your room and you shot up in bed and realized it was Christmas!  You woke up your little brother or sister and told them it’s time to go open presents and you tried to rouse your parents out of bed too.  While you waited for them to get up, you went out to the living room and what did your wondering eyes see before you?

When you fell asleep Santa did visit and all your wonderful toys were waiting for you under the tree!

This may seem like a stupid or manipulative ploy by parents to get kids to be good or to get them to go to sleep on Christmas night, but it’s good training for allowing things to come to you.

As adults, and at any stage of life, when we want something so bad that we fixate on it and can’t help but notice that it’s not there yet, not there yet, not there yet, even if we do all sorts of things to get ready for the thing we want, often it doesn’t arrive until we relax and allow.

It’s perfectly illustrated by this dog waiting for Santa:


As SOON as he fell asleep, as much as he fought going to sleep…just as soon as he fell asleep (and released his attachment to the outcome) Santa came.

It’s time to go to sleep now, so Santa can come!

Merry Christmas and I hope you get everything you ever wanted!

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