Doubt had crept into Emma’s enchantment with Santa. As we stood in line at the mall, I could see her eyes scanning Santa’s enchanted village of candy canes and elves. She glanced toward the jolly, bearded man who was sitting in the big, red chair. 

I had been open and honest with her about Santa all along, yet something in her desperately wanted to believe and hold on to the wonder. 

As she climbed onto Santa’s lap, she took out her crumpled list. I stood close enough to hear her small voice, but she wasn’t reading her list. Instead she asked, “Santa, do you believe in yourself?” 

“Oh yes,” Santa replied. “I believe in myself most of all!”

Emma smiled and jumped off his lap. She never did share her list, because she got what she wanted from the visit.

I am wishing you one of the most important holiday gifts of all – the gift of believing in yourself.

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.