Santa Claus Exists
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Since my last opponent never made any response, I'm going to try this again.
Here's the catch: For this debate, The BoP lies with my opponent. He/She must prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that Santa Claus does not exist.
This is meant to be a serious, but fun, debate. My opponent may present his arguments in the first round.
Santa Claus: Man who brings toys to children on Christmas, flies with the aid of a magical sleigh and reindeer, and has all the other notable Santa Claus characteristics as described in American culture.
So yes, the story of Santa Claus is an awesome one, and I've always liked Santa Claus as a character. St. Nicholas certainly did exist, but Santa Claus does not exist. He is a cultural part of our Christmas celebration, but the only time he existed was when St. Nicholas did, as St. Nicholas.
To believe in Santa Claus, you would first of all have to dismiss the realities of physics and time. It is impossible for one man, in one night, to deliver toys to every boy and girl on the planet, he would have to stop time, which as we know cannot be done, although we may wish for it to be so sometimes!
I'm not so sure. Consider that Santa has about 35 Hours to make all his deliveries, since he can start early Christmas
Eve near New Zealand, and end as dawn breaks Christmas morning near Alaska. Also consider that different cultures celebrate Christmas at different times of the year. (though typically within a month of December 25)
I think that the main issue people run up against when they consider the existence of Santa Claus is the "delivery problem." How could one man deliver So many presents in one night?
The answer is that most people don't realize just how many qualifications a person needs to meet in order to warrant a visit from Santa.
In order for a household to recieve a visit from Santa:
1. The house needs to have a roof that Santa can land on. the roof also has to be the right shape and angle in order for santa to land safely.
2. The roof needs to have snow, or at least some slick surface, for Santa to land on it. Some people think that Santa can find some way to get to the house if there's no snow, but I find this idea implausible. This qualification alone would disqualify almost everybody below the tropic of Cancer.( which would also make Santa's flight plan more efficient)
3. The roof needs a chimney, and the house needs a fireplace.
4. there can't be a fire in the fireplace when Santa is scheduled to stop by.
5. Along those lines, there can't be any danger to Santa by stepping into the house. If the house has some aggressive pitbull or a four-star alarm system, Santa isn't dropping by.
6. Many jurisdictions have laws against breaking and entering. Santa would probably respect these laws.
7. The household probably needs to be Christian.
8. the Household needs to celebrate Christmas.
9. The household needs to have Children.
10. The entire household must be asleep when Santa is scheduled to drop in. places Like Japan and Alaska probably don't get a lot of visits from Santa, because Santa is scheduled to stop by these places while households are mostly awake.
11. The children have had to be good throughout the entire past year. We simply don't know how strict Santa is about that. It could be that Santa only visits absolutely saintly children. We don't know.
12. The Children need to believe in Santa Claus.
13. most crucially, the adult household members need to believe in Santa Claus. This is probably what rules out the vast, vast majority of candidates. Santa isn't going to waste time stopping by a house when parents have already laid out presents under the tree in his name.
Considering all these qualifications, there probably aren't more than a few hundred households qualified to recieve a visit from Santa in the entire world, and more than likely there are even less. It is entirely within the realm of possibility and physics that Santa could make that many stops in 35 hours.
Also, Santa Claus has been portrayed as an old man for well over a century, has he also stopped aging, along with time?
I suspect Cryogenics. Why else would he station himself at the north pole?
Okay, unless Santa's elves are doing a world-wide survey of every home in the world, Santa would have to be omnipotent to know all of that information.
I don't think Santa is omniscient, but I do think he might be getting his information from an omniscient source. Santa is St. Nicholas so it might be entirely possible that God gives him all the necessaary information. That, or he's hacked into the NSA.
In actuallity, the notion that Santa is a saint explains just about everything, from the flying reindeer, to the fact that he hasn't died yet. It wouldn't be the first time that God has kept bodies from decaying.
All the legends of Santa could simply be miracles that God allows to occur through St. Nicholas. (another possibility: Santa is actually already dead and delivers the gifts in a ghost-like state? the elves and neindeer might actually be angels.)
However I have another theory that doesn't count quite so much on divine intervention. Unfortunately, I'll have to elaborate on it in my next round, as I'm running short on time.
Santa delivers gifts to ALL children, excluding the naughty ones of course. I have never heard anything about any other conditions where he wouldn't deliver gifts.
Actually, I've kind of understood it in the opposite way. I've always understood that these exceptions are followed except for the naughty children, who also get visits from Santa in order to recieve coal in their stocking. A couple things to consider:
1. If according to legend, Santa comes down the chimney and there's no chimney on the house, Doesn't Santa have to skip that house in order to comply with the legend?
2.Santa probably doesn't visit the houses of naughty children directly, if anyone visits them at all. my guess is that he has teams of elves fly to these houses on the backs of a legion of reigndeer.
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