Monday 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas

Christmas day has finally arrived and I can feel the stir of millions of children who have hopped out of bed and are staring in disbelief at the presents under the tree.  It is a magical time as their imaginations allow them to see the evidence that Santa has visited their house.

I had a conversation with my daughter a while back about when she should have the Santa talk with her children, and I had a tough time giving her any real advice.  We don't want to see that gleam in their eye on Christmas morning to be extinguished too quickly.  All too soon we get caught up in life and the magic of Christmas fades into a commercial free for all.

I remember the magic of it all and I guess because I came from a Christian family, Santa was only a part of Christmas.  The birth of Jesus was certainly the main theme of my Christmas growing up, but never the less Santa was a part of my Christmas as well.  I believe that the magic of gift giving is a tradition that if treated the right way is quite alright.  Rather than saying there is no Santa, we should try to replace the receiving from Santa with the feeling of joy and kindness as we focus on the giving of our love at Christmas and all year long.

I found a little story that speaks to the true spirit of giving at Christmas and maybe it will explain a little of how I feel Christmas could be handled.

On Santa's Team

By Carol Laycock

My grandma taught me everything about Christmas. 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," jeered my sister. "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.
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 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, but never 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 Bobbie Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobbie Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough; but all we kids knew that Bobbie Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat.
I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobbie 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. I didn't see a price tag, but ten dollars ought to buy anything. I put the coat and my ten-dollar bill on the counter and pushed them toward the lady behind it.
She looked at the coat, the money, and me. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" she asked kindly. "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's ... for Bobbie. He's in my class, and he doesn't have a coat." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.
That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons, and write, "To Bobbie, From Santa Claus" on it ... Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.
Then she drove me over to Bobbie 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 Bobbie's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk.
Suddenly, 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 down on his step, pounded his doorbell twice 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 Bobbie. He looked down, looked around, picked up his present, took it inside and closed the door.
Forty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my grandma, in Bobbie 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

On this Christmas Day 2017. Susan and \I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that Christ is a part of your Christmas.  Don't forget to to take a moment and thank him for his gift to man.  

John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


  1. Great story! I can imagine Bobbie playing at recess the first day back to school in January with his new red coat!


  2. That would make a lasting impression on him I'm sure.

  3. Merry Christmas!
    Great post and great story. We always tried to instill the true meaning of Christmas with our children, Jesus's Birthday, but Santa was part of it too. The story pulls it all together so wonderfully.

  4. Thank You.

    I grew up very poor along the Canadian border so know what it is like to go without. God has blessed me since.

  5. What a wonderful story to read especially on christmas day. Thanks for xharing.

  6. Hi! I enjoyed reading your Blog after the reference from Kevin & Ruth. My wife and I recently sold our Class A but now have a 26' TT instead. Although we currently have a large home in FL, we also live in a Park Model trailer on our property in Norway, ME during the summer. Our plan is to sell the FL home, buy another in ME and then head to our sons in VA & MD during the fall/winter holidays and later to warmer climates for another two months. I'd love to follow your daily Blog. Thanks and Merry Christmas! Peter

  7. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. You are more than welcome to tag along with us but you do have to put up with some sappy humour at times.

  8. It's nice when one can find stories like that that can teach not only children but some adults the true meaning on Christmas. Great story Lorne.
    Hoping you and Sue had an Enjoyable Christmas Day.

    It's about time.

  9. I couldn't agree more with you on Christmas, the story is one that I never tire of reading. Hope you and Sue have a Merry Christmas and our paths cross soon.

  10. Beautiful story Lorne! We hope you had a very Merry Christmas :-)

  11. Thanks for sharing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. It is nice to have a few familiar faces around for the holidays. Hope to see you both again soon.

  12. Thank you for stopping by. Sorry we couldn't spend more time in the sun on the beach. We will cross paths again I'm sure.


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