My Search For Santa…

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

It has been a while since Santa Claus has paid me a visit. I am not sure if I beat my brother up one too many times when I was younger, being deemed a bad child or the simple fact that somewhere along the way I grew up. No Christmas has been the same since he stopped coming to my house. Being a child on Christmas eve is a magical thing, there is a sparkle in the cold air and a feeling of overwhelming excitement. It’s a magical feeling that fortunate children all over the world still get to share, waiting for the legendary Santa Claus.

On my search to find Santa Claus, I realized that he isn’t just a legend or a mythical man but a was real person. The legend began with a bishop named Saint Nicholas who was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Turkey. It is rumored that Saint Nicholas inherited a huge wealth of money, he would travel with his riches helping the sick and the poor. He saved poor children from falling into slavery by offering their families money, allowing them to keep their home. Word spread far and wide about this generous man, he became known as a protector of children. Another legend of Santa Claus comes from the Dutch. He was known there as Sinter Klaas his birthday, Dec. 6th is still celebrated there today. It is said that the Dutch brought the legend of Santa Claus with them when they immigrated to America. In 1773 the author, Washington Irvin published a story in the American press about “St. A Claus” which gave details about the Dutch Saint traveling with presents and visiting children. In 1823 a poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore, it was known then as “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” but is known today as “The Night Before Christmas”. Moore gave more details about the jolly Santa. Including what clothes he wore, how his toys were made by elves, how he entered the home through the chimney and even his preferred mode of transportation… his 8 flying reindeer of course! In the 1860 Thomas Nast illustrated Santa Claus, revealing even more details. But the big question was where does Santa live the other 364 days of the year when not delivering presents? Nast’s answered these important details, Santa lives in the North Pole which is where his toy shop and elves live. He also discovered the list of good and bad children and so the details were finalized. Not much has changed about Santa since the 1800’s except that now a days he prefers to wear his red suit. He also added a new addition to the family, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer which he needed to guide his sleigh through a bad storm in the 1930’s.

What is the most important thing that Santa has brought to us? No, it’s not the presents but the idea of giving to the less fortunate. This year when you are trying to decide what to give your loved ones, take the time to think about the children who rely only on Santa’s visit. There are many ways you can help make their holidays better. You can donate a toy, food, money or even your time to the needy. There are many organizations that mimic Santa’s cause. Search for reputable charities near you.

After doing this research I have learned the reason why Santa no longer leaves me a present under the tree, I did in fact grow up. It is now my turn to spread the generosity that Santa has showed me. It is the gift giving and not the receiving that is the most important thing. It can mean more to someone than you will ever know or understand. It is the giving that makes this the most wonderful time of the year.

What is the deal with Christmas Decorations?

Going through my small town back at my parents’ house this weekend for Thanksgiving, the town Christmas decorations are out and spreading joy. Giant stars made from Christmas lights were on every light pole in the town. Only problem is, they didn’t light up at all.

Okay, a little sad but that’s okay. We are trying. With a town of 3,000 people you can’t really expect much but not being able to light up decorations on Christmas, come on guys! My mom did however have her Christmas flag out…actually picked up from! Is it because I got her a discount or because we have the best flags ever? I am hoping because of the best flags ever 🙂 but expecting because of the discount 😦

Being at home over Thanksgiving though reminded me that moms are great. She loves decorating the house and getting a tree. She puts up luminaries around our driveway every year. We also have a blow up Santa and Rudolph along with usually a Griswold sized tree. It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without our decorations though. She loves it…So do we…

If it was up to the guys though (she had 3 boys), the house wouldn’t have anything but Christmas candy for the holidays. We would probably have a tree but it would be able to be snapped together and pre-decorated with many broken ornaments. We would have our Dallas Cowboys flag on the porch year round and it would be faded to the point where you would think it’s a “surrender” flag. Yes we need her for the Holidays.

There is however some things that I wonder why she does it. I mean she puts the candle lights up in all of the windows of the house. The thing is, she made me put up candles in my brothers window this weekend. Doesn’t sound useless huh? Not until you realize his room is in the back of the house which faces…absolutely nothing. No houses, no streets, nope…nothing but woods. He doesn’t even live there anymore due to college but she still required that candle be put up or it would bug her all of December.I love my mom…but sometimes I gotta wonder.

Christmas is by far my favorite Holiday though. We get to eat like it’s Thanksgiving and open presents like it’s our birthdays. I get to see the whole family for a couple of days and catch up on all of our missed time due to work, schedules, and distance apart. It always makes me remember being a kid. I still have trouble sleeping on Christmas Eve even if I know every present I am getting. Feeling young feels great! No matter what you celebrate in December, whether it is Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa…be thankful for the people and family that make your Holidays special.

If your mom asks you to put up lights in the spare bedroom or an amazing Holiday flag from FlagExpressions in your basement, just smile and do it! (see how I added that in there?) FlagExpressions wishes everyone a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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