There are many Christmases I could write stories about but the first one I’d like tell is about our visit from Santa Clause.
I was probably five or six and my little brother would have been two or three. It was an exciting time around the house. Dad had brought in the tree and it had been decorated and smelled wonderful. The big mirror over the mantel had our MERRY CHRISTMAS lettered greeting swagged across it and there was the smell of Christmas baking in the air.
My baby brother and I were already so excited we were probably amped up so much I’m sure we were unable to stay still for long. It was not unusual for folks to be dropping by for a visit and to exchange gifts, mostly home-baked goodies, and so I don’t remember about the doorbell ringing until I heard the jingle bells and a jolly “Ho, ho, ho!!! Merry Christmas!”
There was Santa Claus… he was walking in our front door! He was so tall, taller than my daddy, and not nearly so fat as I had seen him on the Christmas cards we received. His hair and his beard was as white as the snow was back in the early fifties and he had a beautiful deep gentle voice. I can remember looking up at him all decked out in his beautiful, soft red velvet suit, awestruck. He visited with us for a bit and talked to us kids and then he told us he had to go, he had other families and children to see. He gave us a big hug and told us to be good children and he’d be back to visit next when we were sleeping in our beds on Christmas Eve.
I had seen Santa! In our home! He had come to talk to us! I savored that visit like no other that I can remember. I can actually feel the awe and excitement I felt looking up at him in our living room… the wonder of seeing him up close, in person. I don’t remember what we talked about, what I wished for that Christmas, I just remember the feelings I had. I wish there were photos of that visit. I know what they would have looked like in my head… Santa leaned over a bit while talking to two little ones, both looking up at him with sparkling eyes and you’d be able to feel the animation, the excitement. I can feel it and I can see it in my mind’s eye to this day and I’m sixty-five years old.
So try to think back and find that time that you felt such a wonder in your life, savor it and wallow around in the deliciousness of that feeling. It can work wonders for your soul.
And always, always believe in Santa Claus because if you ever stop believing in Santa… well, that’s when you start getting underwear for Christmas.