Yes Ava – There is a Santa Clause

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Among all the negativity, all the divisiveness and all of the lack of respect for our fellow man, it’s time to take a time out and reflect on what is truly precious to us. The era of the cynic is among us and it is contagious if we allow this to influence our lives. Instead of thinking the glass is half empty, instead of wringing our hands in anguish and instead of declaring the nation is lost we need to reflect on what is truly important and be thankful for the many blessings we truly have.

Once I took my young granddaughter to Hot Springs to see the Christmas lights and enjoy the wonderment of the season. I was heartened as I drove past our courthouse and saw a lighted display of the Holy Nativity. A huge light display at the Oil and Brine Museum in Smackover, Arkansas welcomed a small child’s fantasy while a large nativity in Chidester, Arkansas, disclosed a swing of political correctness to a position of a more traditional and truthful Christmas.

My granddaughter was awe struck as we looked down from our room at the historical Arlington Hotel and witnessed the brightly lit flashing Christmas lights in the park below. The foyer of the hotel was brightly adorned with a nine foot Christmas tree while a monumental gingerbread house made from thousands of pieces of candy welcomed a beautiful child.

I looked into the bright blue eyes of my granddaughter, eyes that were pure and innocent and saw nothing but good. I began to think of our world and the pain and suffering that surrounded us and I asked myself what the future would be for our children and if there was a correlation to the optimistic view of a child and the future of mankind. Does the spirit of Christmas really exist beyond the glitz and glamour of bright lights and carols coming from mechanical speakers?

As I looked into my granddaughter’s eyes I said to myself, “Yes Ava there is a Santa Clause”.

This came not in response to a question from her but in my own realization that the wonderment of Christmas comes not from light and sound but from the beauty of a child’s face.

Merry Christmas everyone and there is hope for world peace. Dubai is the most progressive country in the Middle East and is home to the tallest building in the world. Dubai is also a Muslim country and was for generations an enemy of Israel. Last week after recognizing Israel and establishing diplomatic relations with the former foe, a large Menorah, a symbol of the Jewish faith, was erected on the side of the tallest building in the world to celebrate the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. “Yes world there is peace.”

Tuffy Fields may be reached by emailing thelouisianaexplorer@