âoeThe Real Santa Clausâ
The Original Santa's Phone CallsÂ®
Reach back, reach all the way back to your very first memories of Santa Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Santaâs eight other tiny reindeer. Just what is it that you remember the most about the Beauty & Magic of Christmas? For me it was the excitement of trying to stay awake on Christmas Eve to see if I could get a peek at Santa Claus putting the presents underneath the Christmas tree. I always remember lying in my bed and trying to listen ever so closely for the sounds of Santaâs Reindeer bells jingling as he approached our house on the night before Christmas.
However, as hard as I tried to stay awake, eventually my eyelids became so heavy that I would slip quietly into sleep with the excitement and anticipation of all those magical thoughts passing from reality into my dreams through the powerful gift of the human mind â" my imagination.
And then I remember how, early one morning on Christmas Day just before sunrise, I was being rousted out of my magical dreams to calls from Mom and Pop to âoe...Hurry up sleepy head! Santa is here! Hurry up! Heâs still putting the presents under the tree, maybe you can catch a glimpse of him! Now remember to mind your manners by saying thank you to Santa Claus!â
Year after year, as hard as my sisters, little brother and I would try, we were always just seconds too late to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! I remember ever so clearly, running, crawling, slipping and sliding as fast as we could in our cloth slippers down the long hallway with its cold hardwood floors, trying to catch up with Santa.
Every now and then we came ever so close to catching him, though just never close enough! We did, however, hear the jingling of Santaâs reindeer bells as he flew off, heading for the next house down the road.
As the years went on and we grew older, we began to see Santa Claus at Macyâs or at Sears & Roebucks. A couple of times he even came to our school! As young as I was, I began to notice that Santa just did not look quite the same each time I saw him, which was very confusing to me. Thus my siblings and I decided that the question had to be answered! So we sought out the most intelligent people in our young lives â" Mom and Pop!
Of course, as usual, they had the answer! Those were just Santaâs helpers doing some of his work leading up to Christmas. That way Santa could be at his Snow Castle with all of the Elves, in his workshop, making sure all of those fantastic toys were made just right for all of the good boys and girls.
However Mom and Pop did say that sometimes, when little boys and girls were exceptionally good all year long, Santa Claus just might give them a personal call on the telephone.
That year we all made a pact to be on our very best behavior! Each and every one of us were exceptionally good as we waited and waited as Christmas drew near! Every day the anticipation had been growing and growing to the point I thought I was going to explode. Then one night that all-important phone call finally came for my brother, sisters and me. And wow, what a call!
Thus the Beauty & Magic of Christmas began!