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Anonymous - Friday, February 3rd, 2012 - 10:11 PM
This is proabably going to sound insane. I've always considered myself a rational and skeptic person so I know I would never believe this if someone told me. I've always had some interest in the paranormal but I pretty much always stuck with a "wouldn't it be interesting if it were true" mindset.
I have a clear memory of seeing Santa Claus on a certain Chrismas Eve party as a very young child: flying sled, flying reindeer, bells ringing and what not. I couldn't have been more than 8 at the time, so while seeing Santa on Christmas was certainly special it wasn't the kind of stuff that would make you question your sanity. Then, of course, I learned that there was no such thing as Santa Claus, and though my initial reaction was "nuh huh, I totally saw him" I eventually dismissed my memory as a vivid dream that I had somehow confused with reality. I've been living with this belief for the past 13 or so years.
Last year, I went to a christmas party on the exact same location I had seen - or dreamed of seeing - Santa Claus so many years ago. During the party, my brother told me he remembered one night in which I kept calling out to him, yelling "you gotta come and see this! It's Santa Claus, I swear!"
this freaked me out a lot. My brother told me by the time he got there 30 seconds later I told him Santa had gone away already, so naturally he dismissed it as a prank. But it wasn't.
now I'm not naive enough to believe I actually saw Santa Claus. But I do know I saw something that looked exactly like Santa Claus. I suppose it could have been a hallucination caused by a child's vivid imagination, but it looked and sounded incredibly real and I have never had any other experiences like that.
So basically I was wondering what the paranormal explanation would be. I created a thread about this a month ago on 4chan's /x/ and someone suggested it might be a "tulpa", but now I'm asking you guys since there seems to be more genuine interest in the paranormal over here.
Pic is just something random I found on google.