The Science of Santa : Flight of the Reindeer celebrates 15th anniversary edition 12/13/10
By Erin Crowell
Santa Claus is real.
We knew it when we were five and if were lucky, we know it now.
Being a young believer, I thought I had the answer around age five, playing in the snowy yard of my parents farmhousea few days past Christmaswhen I looked up and saw a mark on the side of the chimney: a wet spot only a fat man could make brushing his snow-covered belly against the brick.
Its not from Santa, my sister had said, rolling her eyes.
Despite her having three years of life experience on me, I remained confident that the Man in Red had lapsed in caution, leaving evidence of his existence (other than a trail of cookie crumbs).
It was a moment that brought the stars a little closer to earth and the magic surrounding Christmas shine a bit brighter -- and it has stuck with me to this day.
Maybe you have had one of these aha! moments...maybe youre a doubter a left-brained logical since birth. After all, how could one man circle the globe and deliver gifts to all the worlds children in one night?
With flying reindeer, of course.