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IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS~

Old 12-20-2006, 07:29 AM
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I thought this was worth sharin' ~ enjoy!
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A lesson for us all -

BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.

That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, butnever had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, tellingthe teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!



I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counterasked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out ofthe coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and Icrept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present downon his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were -- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care...And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:51 AM
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We don't have an emoticon with a little tear in his eye......... but if we did..........
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:37 PM
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This story shows what we ALL already knew.
Jane, yall be good people.
Ol Sandy Claws remembers folks like you.
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Great story- thanks much, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:10 PM
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Jane you rock .

My 11 yr old son found out in June of this year that there is no such thing as Santa, and he cried. I had a talk with him after he found out, and told him that here may be no man per se who shimmies down chimneys, but that in no way diminishes the Christmas spirit, and how people become magically nicer to each other, for even only a few days each year. I forwarded him your email (he has his own Mac).
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:35 PM
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Nice, very very nice

And made all the more special by the wonderful lady who posted it

Merry Christmas my dear

May you and your loved ones enjoy peace hapiness and love
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Excellent!!!! Thank you. Merry Christmas ! Bob
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:11 AM
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It's to dang'ed early for a story like that FJ, TEAR, TEAR....but what a great story...thanks for sharing....
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:22 AM
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Thanks guys~ and I KNOW!!! Sorry that it's such a "string tugger" - but to me it TRULY represents what Christmas is all about. I kinda got a lump and a leaky eye readin' it myself - just wanted to "spread the joy" ~ HA!

We've told our boys (now 14 and 10.5) that when you stop believin' in Santa Clause the magic and wonder of Christmas disappear........................and the presents ain't as good. HA!!
Guess what!? They still believe!!!

Of course, we ALL know that the REAL reason for the season is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He's the greatest gift of all ~

I hope that ALL of my wonderful THT buds and their families have a most blessed and memorable Christmas and I hope that this upcoming New Year brings lots of joy, peace and prosperity........and LOTS O' FISHIN'!!!!

Much Love & Hugs ~
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My dear lady.............what a pleasure to have your presences here on this forum. I have always relished your comments. They always seem to bring joy to my heart (you remind me of a long time friend), but here you make me reach for my sleeve. All I know is I wish I was sitting across the table from you and your family this Christmas and we both be staring down at the last piece of dark chocolate on a plate in the center of the table.









just so you know, I dont even like dark chocolate............ but dont think for a second Id let up any. But in the end, I'd let you have it.

Merry Christmas Jane..........Merry Christmas to you and the whole family!
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Old 12-22-2006, 04:12 PM
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Thanks, Garett~!!!

BTW ~ Dark chocolate - especially in truffle form - is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of all time!!!

Yepper.....thar'd be a tussle.... And I'd let YOU have it.....but NOT the chocolate! HA!!!


Lots of love and tight lines!
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parkersal - 12/20/2006 3:10 PM


there is no such thing as Santa
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great story
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What Garett said, FJ. What a great post, and at just the right time. You are the best. Merry Christmas.
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