After being robbed himself, the thief finally saw how he’d caused so many people so much pain…
Thus, from that moment forward, he decided to be the un-thief.
As the un-thief, he returned to all those houses he’d burglarized. Entering at night, quiet as a cat, he gave back that which he had stolen—or an item of equal value.
Altruistic, yet at the same time, a bit devious. He still desired that thrill, the thrill of secrecy and danger. But henceforth, he would use this desire in the service of good. He would be a giver not a taker.
That man—the un-thief—is the one we now know as Santa Claus. Yes, St. Nick wasn’t always such a saint.
So why was first part of his story lost?
Perhaps in our immaturity, we rejected the idea that someone so pure of heart could also have a dark side. We didn’t want to look behind that twinkle in his eye.
In any case, I hope the full story can now become part of our Christmas. By making this character whole again, don’t we come that much closer to making ourselves whole again?
At the very least, the full story shows how we can flip a negative behavior to its positive side…
…without losing the excitement of life.
© 2017, Michael R. Patton
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