Letters to Tom — Rebecca’s Belief

Dear Tom:

For years, I have used my daughter, Rebecca, as my excuse to not talk about the reality of Santa. When my youngest daughter, Kelley, started to have doubts about whether Santa was real or not, I would admonish her to keeps her doubts to herself because, “Rebecca still believes.” When my grandsons first tried to tell me that Santa didn’t exist, I pulled them aside and said they had to keep their suspicions to themselves. “Rebecca still believes,” I would say. Later I overheard Will telling his brother, Jake, to be careful because “Rebecca believes.” “We have to protect Rebecca” became everyone’s response to those who expressed disbelief about Santa to our family. In our reality if Rebecca believed we all could hold on to a little bit of belief ourselves.

Shakespeare beautifully describes Christmas, “ So hallowed and so gracious is the time.” At Christmas time, it is hard for any of us, not to believe in something. Peace on earth, good will to men, and a dream of innocence is good to hold on to even if only a dream. The mystery of being a child and the possibility of hope, not even shopping mall carols can drown out their music. For a while during Christmas, the darkness of disenchantment, cynicism, doubt, draw back a little, and all the “worldly witcheries” lose part of their charm. Maybe we can’t believe with all our hearts. But as long as the moments last, we can believe that this is of all things the thing most worth believing. And that may not be as far off as it sounds from what belief is.

Your friend, Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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