I'm not just saying this because he knows if I've been bad or good, I'm saying it because it's true. I love Santa Claus.

There are so many reasons to love Santa Claus. Sure, he brings us gifts and toys...who wouldn't love that? And he's about the jolliest old elf there is, right? But there's so much more to love about Santa Claus.

When Santa hops on that sleigh with Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, he does something magical. Yes, he gets around the world in record time and somehow manages to keep all those toys organized, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something more amazing.

Somehow, someway each year people across the Jersey Shore and across the globe put their differences and worries aside, even just for a few minutes, and feel some joy. Kids all over the world count the seconds until Santa arrives as lifetime memories are made.

And just for a day, there are smiles and good will. Strangers wish each other Merry Christmas and people seem to have a different point of view. It doesn't matter how old you are, since it seems to affect everyone in some way. It's nice. Really nice.

And that's why I love Santa Claus.

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