It’s that time of year when I like to share my history of Christmas in five 1-minute plays. Here’s one in which the truth is told: Everybody needs affirmation — even the one in charge.
Scene: Department store. Lights are dim. Santa is seated on an elevated chair. Three steps lead up to the chair. Six or seven children wait in line to be next to sit on Santa’s lap.
We hear the store PA system: “…The best savings and value on your Christmas decorations and gifts right here, now till Saturday, so shop, save and celebrate!”
Light holiday music comes on. The kids are buzzing with anticipation.
Lights up on a cross little girl, seated on Santa’s lap, with arms folded in defiance. Her face is contorted in an angry, grimace. She glares, eyes locked onto Santa’s, challenging him.
Santa stares back for the longest moment but weakens. Breaks his gaze. Breathes deeply. Looks at the row of children. Looks back at the little girl on his lap. Finally, he breaks the silence.
I don’t believe in me, either.
After a long a pause, little girl slowly softens. Uncrosses her arms. Pats Santa on the arm. Rests her head on his shoulder.
Fade to black.
See the other four 1-minute Christmas plays here.
Mark Morelli is a New York Times Bestseller reader.