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Because They Believe

Feeling a little festive

By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 2 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Because They Believe
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

Tis the season to watch holiday movies

Fa la la la la la, la la la

Gather with your friends and family

Fa la la la la la, la la la

Enjoying things that bring you joy

Fa la la la la la, la la la

Fa la la la la la, la la la!

Apologies, I was feeling rather festive with that opening!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I would first like to say Happy Holidays Everyone!

Secondly, I want to take you all on a journey with me.

Please step aboard my train of thought!! 


Although, we all know the truth about Santa, I still find the legend and magic around the myth very enticing. I especially like to hear the explanations given around certain mysteries. Particularity the creative part of me enjoys this.

Now I won’t get into all of them, I’ll just get into the one that’s always intrigued me.

Why or how are Santa’s Reindeer able to fly?

Now, we’ve all heard a lame excuse or scrambled to answer this for a small set of ears that needed to hear it.

But nothing was ever good enough for me.

I know, I know. I’m not supposed to believe because I know better but I am one of those people who needs to believe in the story or concept I am telling a child. You know?

It’s that whole thing where if you’re going to tell a lie then you better act like you believe it too. 

No? Just me?


I can’t in good conscience answer my preschoolers with “Because they are Santa’s Reindeer” or “They just do.”

I have to believe what I am selling because I think that’s where the magic starts.

If your trusted adult believes it, then why shouldn’t you?

Anyway, I’m getting a little off topic so I will circle back around.

In all my years as a teacher, I have yet to hear a good answer to tell the kids about how the reindeer fly. Until now.

I was watching the new Santa Clause series on Disney Plus and the question came up. I expected the usual lame answer but instead got this wonderful gem:

They can fly because they believe they can. Someone talked to them and told them they could so now they can fly.

Now, at this point, the show did get a tad farfetched in saying that any animal can be convinced to fly if only you make them believe it. But that’s a story for another day.

The point here is that I have finally found an answer that I love.

I love the concept that because they believe they can fly, they now can.

It’s so simple and yet so wonderful. It rolls off the tongue when you explain it to the littles and it doesn’t make me feel weird about making something up.

I also feel like it’s beautiful because it has real-life applications too. The idea is that if you believe in yourself and it’s something you want, it can happen for you.

Now, I know there are limits and addendums to this but I love the general principle of it. The idea is that believing in yourself is the key thing to success and nothing else.

This is such a great concept that I have no problem instilling it in the little minds of tomorrow!

Anyway, that’s my holiday thought for the season.... especially before I bring you some interesting Whodunit entries...

Please feel free to leave me a few of your thoughts on your favourite holiday questions and answers. I’d also love to hear about other cultures and traditions that have a mythology where there might be tricky questions to answer for the littles.

Until then, I will leave you with the Holiday Armadillo!

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  • Naveed 2 months ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status! Merry Christmas!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Congratulations And merry Christmas.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    LOL...that it. Damn armadillo haha. Anyeay, this was an enjoying read and love your enthusiasm that jumps from the screen, Donna. I'm not a Christmasy person, but appreciate how much it means to a lot of people, so I hope you have a good one. Thank you for giving us more insight into your wonderful mind! Congrats on the Top Story too!

  • Muhammad Shaheer2 months ago

    Enjoying holidays

  • Omgggg, this is like the best Christmas gift Vocal could give you! Congratulations on your Top Story D! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Read this before and liked, yet congrats on you now top story Donna. 😊🌲☃️💚

  • K. Kocheryan2 months ago

    What a lovely explanation. I've been thinking about watch it, so I guess I should now lol.

  • A wonderful festive treat , thank you

  • Lana V Lynx2 months ago

    As long as the kids don't start stepping off the roofs or jumping out the windows believing that if they believe enough they can fly just like reindeer, I'm fine with this version. I like the line from the "Violent Night" that was uttered by Santa himself: "It's magic! I myself don't understand how it works exactly."

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    I always go with Scrooge for the holiday. And Hitman and the Accountant for the rest of the year. Bah Humbug. Your story is wonderful for the festive season. Happy holidays.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Wonderful story. And you're right,.it is a great answer.

  • Alexander McEvoy2 months ago

    I also think it’s a valuable lesson to teach kids!! I love that message for them, though I was definitely the type of little snot to still question and challenge those 😅 A beautiful sentiment that I think more kids need to hear exposed to, rather than the bullying ‘can’t’ mindset my teachers instilled in me.

  • noor2 months ago

    very well done!

  • Mark Gagnon2 months ago

    I don’t know about reindeer but I definitely believe that if you can do something than you can find a way to do it. Good positive message!

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    I love that answer! There is a really heartwarming beauty in its simplicity 🤍 This piece got me in a much better festive place -thank you!

  • I feel like a party pooper but here goes. As a person that has lost faith in everything, I feel that believing in something is being delusional. Like false/fake sense of hope. Like lying to myself. I mean that is for the general sense of believing. But as for Santa's reindeer, I wouldn't wanna rain on someone's parade just because mine has been destroyed by the floods. So yes, I do feel like that's the best explaination so far but I wouldn't use that to anyone. Because it makes me feel like I'm lying. I hope that makes sense. Also, I'm so sorry for turning this into a serious discussion 😅 You know me, I always keep things real and always like to say what's on my mind. I just hope I've not offended you but if I have, I'm truly so sorry 🥺 As a kid, I was always told to pray and believe that I'll get a baby brother. I did as I was told. Unaware that for that to happen, my parents need to be together. I only realised this as an adult and it messed me up. That's when I realised that no matter how much we believe that something would happen, if the circumstances wasn't favourable, it's never gonna happen. So yes, that's the backstory of why I stopped believing.

  • Natalie Portman2 months ago

    This is my personal encyclopedia for your story. I wouldn't venture into this territory without it.

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Hmm... and after all this time I thought they learned to fly from eating magic mushrooms. 🤔😅 Seriously though, I agree with the reason you decided on. It makes perfect sense and allows the kids to wonder about what they can do if they just believe... The awesome power of suggestion! I actually just published a story (waiting approval) that tackles a holiday myth. So, once again our minds cross the same wavelength 😮 🤨. Hope you get a chance to read it! Happy Holidays to you as well!

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  • Real Poetic2 months ago

    Thanks for lifting my spirits with your stories! Happy Holidays Donna!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Fa la la la la la la la la To you as well I had to laugh reading this, that is a lot of thought that goes into this and yet I am with you when you said if I don’t believe how can I expect them to believe. A good concept. If I think of a better reason I will let you know but for now belief is enough

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Happy Holidays to you Donna! Yes, believe!!! 🥰 May the Armadillo’s make your season bright! (Beware they can cause leprosy). lol

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    The bumble bee flies anyway....

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