The Santa Story Revisited: How to Give Your Children a Santa They Will Never Outgrow (Miscellaneous Items)

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In her book, The Santa Story Revisited: How to Give Your Children a Santa They Will Never Outgrow, Arita Trahan offers good news! She introduces an expanded Santa story -- with all of the magic and none of the pretense.


Both memoir and how-to book, Trahan presents a compassionate and encouraging examination of the cultural phenomenon that is Santa and sets forth a clear and simple solution to the perennial dilemma of parents who wish to protect their child s innocence. It is a playful perspective that keeps us in integrity and makes us more fun at the same time.


Trahan's Santa story expresses as a game - a timeless game that everyone is already playing. Young children become part of the story by tapping into their innate ability to make believe, which is even more creative and inclusive than believing in. Children who learn this new expanded version of Santa can easily play alongside other children who still believe in Santa, without putting their construct at risk. They can even play the role of Santa.


Arita's Santa game deemphasizes the commercialism often associated with Santa. It also deepens the holiday tradition of generosity by promoting simple gifts and acts of kindness. As children learn to play Santa, they expand their imaginations and find their own ways to give to others.


Here is the way for us all to enjoy a magical Santa with no expiration date, a Santa whose heroic demonstration of joy and unconditional love serves as a template for anonymous giving and inspires an even more generous focus for the holidays!


Why a New Santa Story?


As a young mother, Arita wanted her own children to experience Santa as magical and in a way that could not be spoiled by honesty, in a way that would last a lifetime. Without any of the usual need for them to believe in, she devised a way to celebrate Santa without outgrowing him, without a down-side, and in a way that is also more joyful and playful. In addition, her new approach does not mess with or undo any of the other Santa ideas that might already be expressed in the world around the child. It's a win-win idea.


As we obtained personal stories for this book, we heard over and over about a wounding. Adults told us that they had loved Santa as a child, but they felt cheated and lied to by their parents. They often were embarrassed because they had courageously defended their parents honesty and then learned that they had been misguided in the way Santa had been presented to them. They wanted to enjoy Santa, but, once they learned the truth -- that he is not an actual person as they had been earnestly taught to believe -- their joy in the experience was diminished.


How do kids handle the disappointment when they learn that Santa is not real ? Most hide the truth of their discovery because they are afraid their parents will be upset with them, because they are afraid that they won t get as many presents, because they don t want it to be true, and sometimes simply because they don t want to disappoint their parents. Typically a child pretends to still believe for two years after they have learned the truth. During this time they silently observe as their parents contrive to maintain the deceit.


Arita's new approach to enjoying Santa is a simple way to maintain the innocence of the child and the parent in the enhanced appreciation of Santa as a story and game. It is not Arita's goal to convince parents that The Santa Story is the right way or the only way for modern parents to present Santa. However, when Arita presents the Santa game, readers will understand that this expanded telling of the traditional story gives them an opportunity to bring even more magic to the holiday, along with total honesty and integrity. They will also appreciate the focus on kindness and anonymous giving.

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Arita Trahan loves being a storyteller. She recalls that her favorite relationship with her 6-years-younger brother was her role as the sister who read to him. As a teen, she remembers lying sprawled across her bed reading a book, likely Jane Austen, and how difficult it was to get off the bed when she was called to dinner. It was as though she was pulling herself out of another world, shaking off the British heroine she had become, and straining to find herself again in her own teenage body.


Both of Arita s daughters were early readers as a result of their shared passion for books. Arita has vivid memories of sitting on the floor in the hallway between their bedrooms, reading to them at bedtime well into high school. A Wrinkle in Time and all the books from The Chronicles of Narnia were shared from that hallway. She even read aloud for her parents when they were together. Always eager to be the reader, with any audience, Arita has enjoyed putting voice to written stories.


When her children were little, Arita was the volunteer reading lady for their elementary school, reading every Wednesday, all day, for classes from K4 to fourth grade. At first she was shy about using character voices when the teachers were in the room, but her youthful audience so inspired her that she forgot her fears and became more and more dramatic in the telling. As she would read, the younger children would scoot closer and closer, so that by the end of the story time they were peering over her shoulder and hanging on her arms. Sometimes when the story was sad, there were one or two who required holding in some way, along with the book. She wished for more arms. She even got fan mail from her young audience and one fourth-grader asked her to meet him after school for a soda.


Arita's passion for climbing inside the stories increased with time. In her 30s, she decided to explore the idea of acting, trusting herself to be sufficiently past the shyness of her younger years and hoping that her fan mail from these schoolroom audiences was evidence of her budding skills.


Every acting role became another opportunity to tell a story from the inside. She was in her bliss and quickly became a professional, performing for television, film, and commercials, and in the theater. Later, she was surprised and delighted when she was sought out as a private acting coach, which became her full time occupation for 14 years. During this time, non-actors also began to utilize her skills as a personal communication coach. Musicians, ministers, lawyers, politicians, nurses, farmers, business owners, and college students all became better communicators, better tellers of their own stories, by studying with Arita Trahan.


The Santa Story (a children's story that's currently found within The Santa Story Revisited) was written first; then The Santa Story Revisted. Arita is currently writing songs with her musician husband, Mark Horwitz, for the first Santa Story album. The first is I'm Being Santa. She has also already outlined stories for a planned yearly series in The Santa Story Collection.

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Life is a series of allegories that teach us the illusions of life. Just as the stories of The Little Red Hen and Peter Rabbit are archetypal myths, the Santa metaphor provides one of life s basic messages that our single greatest instinct is to nurture others. THE SANTA STORY REVISITED emphasizes the metaphorical essential of giving and nurturing ultimately the true meaning of Love the desire to do good to others. The Santa archetype is alive and well in the many good actions of humans. On a personal note, Santa is such an important archetype for me that I began collecting Santas from around the world about 15 years ago. My collection has grown so much that I have had to alternate my Santas each year, displaying only half at a time. My grandchildren cherish these monuments to giving/nurturing just as much as I do. 'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'to talk of many things.' Now is the time to talk about the REAL meaning of THE SANTA STORY. --C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., author of Pony Wisdom for the Soul and 25 other books

Truth, honesty, and integrity are essential messages we give our children. THE SANTA STORY REVISITED is a marvelous way of honoring the magic of Santa without deception. This is parenting at its best. --Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions and Healing Words

What an amazing new view of the Santa story we have lived as children and adults! This work is transformative; a positive shift in consciousness for kids and parents in a fun and easy manner. Without leaving good old Santa behind, readers and listeners are lifted to understand Santa as a living metaphor for love, compassion, kindness and generosity for all, every day of the year. This is a wonderful way to move our children (and us) from a December 25th awareness of me to a year-round consciousness of we. Our world is a much better place because of this beautiful book. ----Tom Zender, President Emeritus of Unity

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