My six year old niece asked my sister why the Virgin Mary is a saint. As is often the case, talk of Mary led to the question of how babies normally get in the mommy’s tummy. My sister explained in six year old terms – the dad plants a seed in the mommy.
Perfect. Conversation done. Six year old seemingly content.
But my niece was still noodling over the facts, and with the last crumb of Thanksgiving pie just eaten, she couldn’t help but think of Santa.
“What about Santa? Since he’s magic, is he a saint too?”
“Yes,” replied my sister, thinking she was still on safe ground, “St. Nicholas!”
“But did the Pope guy say he was a saint?” Or was he “born” with no seed?