This past week Piano Man wrote this special letter to Santa and took a moment to share his writing with both his mom and grandpa. Reading his letter brought both of us to reflect upon our own childhood, and the thoughts and visions we had during our own childhood years. Piano Man captured so much in the beauty of his words, that when asked, he consented to have them placed here on my blog for all to enjoy. Perhaps if we are especially quiet, we may also hear the the "Ho!" "Ho!" of jolly St. Nick and the hoofs of those most famous reindeer!
A Letter to the “One and Only” Santa Claus~
As myriads of Christmases pass by and time slows people’s lives, you still are living healthy and spreading your joy to not only the little kids, but the adults, too. You’re what makes this holiday come together, a fun tradition and belief that has broadened all over the world. You- with your rosy cheeks, bulging belly, long, scraggly, white beard, your brown, leather boots and belt, your red and white, fluffy outfit, and you with your big sack of toys and gifts to give to all the excellent young children- have spread incredible magic all to every single person on the earth that believes. There are so many books, children stories, music, and poems written about your generosity and kindness. And even you eating the cookies, drinking the milk, and feeding your reindeer carrots, have contributed to your fame. A big part of your reputation is when your slide down the chimney a slowly creep to the lighted and decorated Christmas tree and gently and quietly lay the wrapped presents on the skirt of the tree. This holiday would not be complete if it didn’t include you, your little helpers (elves), and reindeer.
As time passes by many have forgotten or don’t believe in you. That only means one thing; they have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is not to get gifts or toys or even money, it is to embrace your family and the ones around you, to be kind to all, to be generous to others, and also to spread bliss. I still believe in you, Santa, and the elves and even the reindeer that fly as they guide your sleigh to every house in the world. I’ve, too, grown and learned that these figures are a representation of the true meaning of Christmas. Santa, to signify love, caring, joy, family, kindness, and most importantly, generosity. The Elves symbolizing the people that helped shape the idea of Christmas, the people that carried on the tradition to their kids, and the people that never forgot the true meaning of Christmas. And last but certainly not the least, are the reindeer (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf) that portray the liveliness of Christmas and the celebration and travel on Christmas. It is these three factors that make up the true meaning of Christmas. I want you to know that as long as I will live, I will NEVER forget the accurate meaning of Christmas.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.