LAUREN looked up at the starry sky. It was cold outside but she couldn’t feel it because it was Christmas Eve and she was too excited.
She detects a flash of blue light and frantically starts ringing the bell to let Santa know that she’s waiting for him.
Millions of children across the country feel the same miracle. But Lauren is 35 years old.
And she’s not the only adult who believes Father Christmas is real.
Although by the age of nine, 62% of us no longer think Santa is real, according to a Made For Mums poll, some adults don’t.
Dr Rachael Molitor, a psychologist at Coventry University, said: ‘Believing in Santa is not just about indulgent in fantasies.
“It is part of the frame of mind. It can represent the happiness we felt about Christmas as children.
“As adults, we lose the creativity and imagination that kept us busy for hours.
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“People who are drawn to fantasy, such as Santa Claus flying through the sky on Christmas Eve, tend to be more creative-minded – a form of intelligence that is often underestimated. ”
Here, the Fabulous Daily elves talk to three women who strongly believe that Christmas is real. . .
LAUREN JENKINS, 35, works as a caregiver and lives in Slough, Berks, with her partner Jay, 45, a company owner, and their five children, ages 8 to 19.
She said: “Every Christmas Eve I stand outside hoping to see the man in red – and I will this year too.
“I don’t care if it’s not cold outside and my family is drinking inside, I’ll wrap up in my big coat to listen to his bells because I believe there’s Santa Claus out there. I am absolutely certain of that.
“My kids wanted nothing to do with it, they thought I was crazy. And while I stood outside in the cold, they rolled their eyes at me.
“I was devastated as each of my children no longer believed in Santa – my eight-year-old is the only one I can still convince of his existence.
Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it’s not real. Many people are religious so I don’t understand why Santa is different
“People have tried to tell me the ‘truth’ about Santa over the years but I refuse to listen.
“However, I am not the only one in my family who knows St Nick is real. My mother, Nicky, whom we grieve last year, always trusted and even set up a camera by the fireplace to try and take pictures.
“She never had any solid proof but there were a few times when she believed she saw something.
“People think I’m jostling and saying I’m too old to believe, but I don’t care.
“Those who provide ‘proof’ Santa is not real get a brief outcry from me – there’s always an explanation for that.
“One year in school, a partner told me they had seen their father leave presents under a tree.
“But I know the real reason why – they’ve been misbehaved so they’re stuck on Santa’s naughty list.
“I bought a gift for my child’s socks, but that was because Santa Claus only delivered to kids whose parents didn’t have a lot of money and I explained this to my kids.
“If we were poorer then of course Santa would deliver for us.
“People always question how Father Christmas traveled the world in one night, but it’s so easy – he’s magic.
“Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it’s not right. Many people are religious so I don’t understand why Santa is different.”
According to CARMEN BURGULEA, 36, who lives in Colchester with her police husband Dorin, 38, and children Oliver, four, and Milo, one person, as well as gift giving, can help you land your dream job.
“Last year before Christmas, Dorin and I made a list of what we wanted to achieve in the coming year,” she said.
“And all the things we wanted to happen were done.
“I was desperate for a new job and in December an administrator role at Essex Police popped up.
I’m lucky to have found a husband who trusts me as much as I do. He also knows Father’s Christmas is as real as gravity
“I have understood and still take on this role even though I have no criminal justice experience. I choose to believe that Santa understands me.
“Of course some people laugh at me and say I’m crazy but I don’t mind that. Growing up in Targu Mures, Romania, my family was not well off, so knowing that Santa was out there, watching over me, helped me keep going.
“However, my parents Vasile and Violeta didn’t have much money to buy presents, so when they were very young they told me that Santa Claus wasn’t real and they bought presents.
“Their comments, which I now believe to be untrue but spoken in my best interest, broke my heart.
“So I chose to continue to believe despite my mother constantly telling me otherwise.
“I am fortunate to have found a husband who is as trustworthy as me. He also knows Father’s Christmas is as real as gravity.
“Now, we are working hard to foster the same trust in our children for as long as possible.
“We encourage the oldest to be on their own throughout the year because Santa is watching.
“We would never let the boys sit down to tell them that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. If they choose not to believe it is up to them.
“There is no evidence that he is not real. People roll their eyes, but it’s true. I think life is so much better when you believe.”
CHLOE FINNEY, 20, is attending college in Lincoln, on a course in early childhood studies.
So it could be considered homework as she was lining up with the kids waiting to see Santa Claus in his cave.
She said: ‘I’m 20 and while two-thirds of kids can stop believing in Santa by the time they’re nine, I’ve never done so.
“Although I am almost 21 years old, I still intend to go to a cave this year – the Santas there represent the real Father’s Christmas.
“I don’t care if it will mainly be parents and children in the queue.
I know he is real and brings gifts and joy to needy children around the world and that makes me so happy
“I have never experienced any negativity about my beliefs. On the contrary, people are always extremely kind.
“Nobody has said, ‘Stop being ridiculous, you’re acting like a kid’.
“However, there are still questions, with a friend asking, ‘How can one man go around the world in just one day?’
“Magic, that’s the way.
“He has a sleigh and reindeer and they allow him to do this, bringing joy and happiness around the world. My boyfriend of six years Robbie, 20, doesn’t believe in Father’s Christmas but he’s been incredibly supportive of me.
“I would tell him about Santa and he shakes his head and laughs, but I know he really thinks it’s so sweet and my spirit is lovely.
“Every December, there’s a Christmas feeling in the air – wine, snowflakes and happiness, which I know all belong to Santa.
“I know he is real and brings gifts and joy to needy children around the world and that makes me so happy.”
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