"You Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free"

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In a society that, today, is filled with lies, the truth is seldom used. Whenever the truth finally comes out about something, it usually is shocking to a person. "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Is that the truth, or will the truth only cause pain and heartbreak?

One example of truth is found in children. For instance, many children believe in Santa Clause, as I did. My Christmas consisted of writing letters to the North Pole, leaving out milk and cookies, going to bed early, and sounds of sleigh bells in my dreams. On the other hand, I still remember the day that a girl at daycare told me there was no such thing as Santa Clause. At first I didn't believe her, I couldn't believe her. One of the happiest times in my life couldn't be just a big lie. When I returned home that day I frantically asked my mother if Santa Clause was real or had she and my dad just been fooling me all of my life.

She explained to me that Santa Clause was just something that parents told kids to make Christmas more fun. Although I somewhat understood what she was talking about, I was still hurt by the whole thing. In the years following my discovery, I have long since forgotten about the time I used to believe in Santa Clause. Christmas is not about Santa Clause or presents (although getting presents is still fun), it is about something much greater. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. By finding out the truth about Santa Clause, another door was opened to realize that the real reason for Christmas was the birth of Jesus.

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