Santa on Mars

Will the Christmas spirit come with us as we travel to the stars.

Pam Saraga
Rainbow Salad

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Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

He looked out from the habitat and saw the pink colored sand dusting the outcroppings outside the pressure dome’s panoramic window. It reminded him of the snow blowing in the canyons around his home in Utah. But here on Mars it was so much more desolate. The climate-controlled habitat sat in a lava tube, deep enough to shield them from radiation and small meteorites but too otherworldly to feel like home. It made him shiver at the realization that he was one of 42 people living 225 million km/ 139,808,518 miles on average from Earth. This fact was brought up by his youngest son, Max, this morning at breakfast. The commitment of bringing his whole family to another planet, really hit home. It was Dec 1st Earth time, and little Max asked him if Santa would be able to find them on Mars, not the kind of question a father usually has to answer.

The other kids in the colony were all older, most of them were teenagers with the exception of his best friend Tina who was seven, only one year older than him. Tina didn’t believe in Santa. She said her parents would get her presents on Christmas. But Max believed with all his heart that Santa, being magic would make it to Mars. His mom’s favorite saying was, “One idea can change the universe.” She usually said it to encourage him to study, but he…

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Pam Saraga
Rainbow Salad

Old enough to see the issue & young enough to try and fix the problem.