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Santa Claus


Thursday, December 06, 2012

ACCM December 6:

Santa Claus

Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

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1. When I was young i sent letters for Santa to our local radio station. They would read the letters on air at the same time daily. I can't remember if they said Santa was listening or if the letters would be forwarded to him, but they let the children believe Santa would know.

2. No, I never visited Santa when I was young because the department stores in my home town didn't have him. There was always a Christmas parade with Santa on the last float. There was a very old log cabin in the city park and Santa would be there during his stay. i think that cabin was one of first buildings in the Western Reserve.

3. Yes, I would make a list every year and give it to my mom. She would write out an envelope to santa and made me think she was mailing it to him, which she didn't, of course. I still make lists, but now I call them "Wish Lists"! I have some on Amazon and a board on Pinterest.

4. I can't really say I believe in Santa anymore. i do, however believe in the spirit of Santa. In my religion Jesus' birthday is our real reason for celebration. For many years it was St Nicolas who brought gifts to the girls and boys and left them at their front doors. Just as the three Wise Men brought gifts for the baby Jesus and St Nick gave to the children, that is why I believe in the spirit of Santa. Although the main focus is religious and events at church (I love Christmas music and often listen to it year round). Just because retailers start their displays earlier and earlier each year and have turned it into spending money, it doesn't have to be that way! I enjoy giving what I can to those I love. We often give gifts that we have made ourselves. This is the time of year that most people think of living in peace and getting along, giving of their time and needs to help others, and neighbors come together. It is the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of our Savior, and the spirit of Santa. It is too bad that more people can't have this goodness in their hearts all year long. Can you imagine how wonderful our entire world would be??

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Do you believe in Santa?

May the blessings of the season be with all my Spark family regardless of your religion or non-religions as the case may be. It's all about love.

Peace Love Joy
Ev

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/8/2012 9:56PM

    All in the spirit of the holiday!!!!

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OPALMOON 12/8/2012 9:50PM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas and have posted on other blogs how it would be a wonderful world if people kept the goodwill of the Christmas season going all year round, and what a shame this isn't the case. Our city has had a Christmas pageant as long as I can remember, and my grandmother took me once, and then both my brother and me some years later. Santa was on the last float and his last stop was "the magic Cave' in the department store that organised the event. Then he was there waiting for children to come and tell him what they wished for. The time my grandmother took me, being a tomboy from the world go, I asked for a car that I could ride in by myself! I think I received a tricycle. One year my brother and I wrote a 'letter to Santa' asking for some specific things, which we left in our living room, and we were so happily surprised to receive most of them plus other things as well. We felt so blessed that we thought it was someone else's turn after that, so we didn't write any more lists!



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CHERIRIDDELL 12/8/2012 12:05AM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas.I wrote to Father Christmas and I went to Father Christmas's Grotto.I was the story lady at the base library and I dressed my corgi as Father Christmas in Germany.One of the little boys who came to my story hour was autistic and when they were posted back his Mum said he want to see Father Christmas and came away saying "How disappointing ,it wasn't a real Father Christmas it was a man !"

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PMFISH 12/7/2012 10:22PM

    Ev, I believe like you do. I never wrote Santa and as you say the only time you saw a Santa was in the Christmas parade. I think gifts to children have gotten totally out of control. I don't give gifts at Christmas anymore. The last dozen years I gave, it was my time - wrapping gifts and the funds going to buy things for deaf people that lived in a home or single Moms with limited means (whether trying to complete their education or raise children and be the sole provider). When my health failed and I was not able to physically do those things, I have adopted a child for gifts or a family to supply the Christmas meal. I really enjoyed being physically able to participate in raising funds, but nothing ever stays the same. I wish you a very healthy Merry Christmas!

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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 8:53PM

    I still like to believe in Santa...or at least the spirit of Santa. But like you I know that Jesus is the true reason for the season!
Thanks again for sharing. Reading your blogs of your Christmas memories is becoming a part of this Christmas that I am enjoying very much!



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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2012 6:13PM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas and Santa represents it.

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/7/2012 10:47AM

    I believe in the spirit of giving and Santa embodies that...But I always try to give from the heart rather than material things..I try to find out something about the person I'm doing for and work my gifts around their interests..most of my gifts are handmade as well...I think there is too much materialism in the holiday season today..my son's remember going outside at Christmas and looking for the Christmas star more than what they got for Christmas..

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/7/2012 8:49AM

    I believe. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 12/7/2012 5:11AM

    I think I believed in Santa until I was 12. I wouldn't mind having that child like trust and awe back. Great blog. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/7/2012 3:07AM

    i wrote to Santa every year LOL

One year mum took me to see him in Bentalls and he asked what I wanted and passed me on through the grotto where I was given a gift. I thought WOW that was quick, going to get my doll. It was a small toy train! I was so disappointed!

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BHSKITTYKATT 12/6/2012 11:37PM

    As a child, I wrote to Santa. I never visited him at the mall, though. My parents tried a couple years, but I freaked out so never actually did that.

I still believe in Santa, though. You have to believe in him to get presents, right? Even if he hasn't gotten me anything since I moved out on my own... he'll be back....

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1STATEOFDENIAL 12/6/2012 10:48PM

    Like you, I believe in the spirit of Santa. I believe there are a few people out there (unfortunately, not enough) who really take the time to help others. In Minneapolis, this is the 2nd or 3rd year of St Grand - a person is giving $1,000 donations into the red kettles. Last year there were 23 bundles of $100 bills over the season! Once one person started, others did too. A few have left notes saying they did it in honor of a parent or friend, hence why it's likely several people. This year someone stepped it up and did $1,100. Every time a new bundle is discovered it hits the news. Then there's what happened to my aunt many years ago. One Christmas she knew she couldn't afford to get my 2 cousins any presents and she felt terrible about it. But either on Christmas day or eve the doorbell rang and when she opened it there were several presents for both boys and something for the parents on the doorstep! The person had left them there and ran. To this day she doesn't know who did it, but she paid it forward. A few years later when they were in a better place financially she either knew or found out about a woman who couldn't give her kids presents, so my aunt bought a bunch, wrapped them, then rang the bell and ran. I'm pretty sure the woman never found out who it was either.

The spirit of Santa does live on in the hearts of a few people. Whether it's a simple gesture of giving a neighbor cookies, making a gift for a family member, or Ellen's 12 days of giveaways, everyone can experience Santa in their own way.

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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2012 10:44PM

    I believe in Santa, in the spirit of the season.

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MNNICE 12/6/2012 10:29PM

    Of course I still believe! As I always told my kids when they'd ask if there really is a Santa: "All I know is if you don't believe in him, he stops coming."

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STLOUISWOMAN 12/6/2012 10:28PM

    Well Ev, you wrote my beliefs about the spirit of Christmas.

I did visit Santa when I was a child. I also wrote to him each year & will never forget the year he wrote back. I was so excited.

Merry Christmas, Ev.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/6/2012 10:15PM

    I still believe in Santa...

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