Do You Believe in Santa? (long...)

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by DaisyFace, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Happy Chirstmas!

    Ya know, it's been making me a bit sad to see all of the comments from parents who mention that their kids are 'too old' to believe in Santa....

    I believe in Santa....not the guy at the mall....but the tradition started long ago by a bishop in a poor country....and this is the story I shared with my kids about Santa:

    Long ago, very poor people used to have to live in the attics in the very tippy-tops of cramped buildings. And buildings were built very close together. To get from place to place, poor folks used to clamber across the rooftops from house to house. They could visit their whole family without their feet ever touching the ground....which was just as well because "civilized" folks did not want to see these dirty, skinny, attic-dwelling beggars out on the streets.

    In those days, there was no Walmart or Kmart to buy your clothes. If you were poor, you waited for someone's hand-me-downs. Poor folks usually owned just two outfits.

    And there was no indoor plumbing and no washing machines. All the washing had to be done by hand after bucket loads of water were lugged up to the attic. The day before church was always wash day. It was customary to wear an outfit for a week....take it off at the end of the week, wash oneself, and then put on the clean outfit while the other was washed.

    And there were no clothes dryers--so wet clothes were hung around the stove to dry.

    And because Christmas Day was a church day....Christmas Eve was wash day....and all the poor went to bed with their clothing hanging around the fireplace and stove to dry.

    The bishop (and you could tell he was the bishop by his bright red cloak and pointy red hat) wanted to help these poor people at Christmas time. So he began to take to the rooftops on Christmas Eve and drop coins from the church's collection plate down the stove pipes and chimneys into the attic apartments below.

    And the poor would awaken to find gold coins in their stoves and fireplaces--and fallen into the pockets of their trousers or the toes of their stockings. It was a Christmas miracle!

    And by and by, the bishop grew older and older....

    but his gifts seemed to travel farther and farther every year. So somebody, somewhere, must have been helping the old man make all of his Christmas deliveries...

    And to this very day, even though that bishop has long passed, when people awaken Christmas morning, they find that they have had a visit from one of his many, many, many helpers--who left a gift for them to find on Christmas Day.

    The miracle continues...

    And I believe.

    Merry Christmas!

    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    That's beautiful... thank you! And, by the way, I do believe!
  3. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Thanks TM for the link!

    I love the story of Virginia and her letter....
  4. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    I believe. I believe that people are good and kind. I believe that the season allows us to practice that kindness on those we love and those we "don't". It is a season of miracles and blessings. I hope the miracle of this season visits each and every one of my CD friend...God bless us everyone!
  5. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Another believer.

    Thanks for the story!
  6. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    And one more:

    But for those who question whether there really is a Santa at all, Frankovis said the volunteers answering the phone have a simple answer: "'We believe, based on historical data and 51 years of NORAD tracking information, that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world."

    Read the story behind NORAD's Santa Tracking here:
  7. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Love this story and the links; thank you!
  8. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    When I lived in Germany, "St. Nicholas" went around in a horse-drawn sleigh. He was dressed in the traditional clothing of a medieval bishop and was assisted by "Black Peter", a Moor believed to be descended from one of the original Wise Men.

    Black Peter would never "fly" in the US as in most places in Germany, he was a caucasian wearing blackface.

    Some Catholic blacks from the Army base tried acting as Black Peter for the Christmas festivals, but got so much negative feedback from their peers that they gave it up, which was kind of sad.
  9. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Another believer here. Everyone in the family except for Step-D/difficult child 2 seems to.

    In fact, Little easy child has determined that I must be one of Santa's helpers because the gift tags from Santa are in my handwriting.

    Thanks for the stories and the links.

  10. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    difficult child's girlfriend's son said to me tonight, "Big Momma, are you really Mrs. Santa Clause!!!You can tell me, I won't tell anyone else." Love the magic of the season and the innocence of precious children!
  11. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I believe.....24/7....365.....the Spirit of giving is constant. :D Not just one night a year. Remember Christmas Day and keep it in your heart ALWAYS.
  12. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Oh, yes...I believe.