We all have read or heard about the story long ago about a little girl writing a letter to a newspaper asking if there was a Santa Claus. What the reporter for the newspaper failed to explain to Virginia is that Santa Claus comes into our lives threefold.
The first is when we are little and we are so excited about Christmas and the knowledge that Santa Claus is coming to our house bringing all the toys and presents and even in some cases the Christmas tree. We have that thrill for a few years, putting out cookies and milk and without even realizing it leaves us.
The second time Santa Claus comes into our lives is when we have our children. We then see Santa coming into our children’s eyes; all the things that we once knew and loved has returned to us. Yes, this time it is in a different way, but the same magical feeling comes back to us. It remains with us until our children, like we did, just disappear from our lives and we go on.
The third time Santa Claus comes into our lives, and I believe this is the special time, is when our grandchildren are born. Once again the magic of Christmas, Santa Claus and the gift giving brings back all the memories from when we were children so many years ago.
This time it’s a little different for you, having your grandchildren sitting beside you asking the remarkable question, “Grandma, what was Christmas like when you were a little girl?”
You then remember when you were little sitting with your grandmother or grandfather asking the same question. You tell them about how Santa brought the Christmas tree and how he made all the Christmas toys, filled the stockings with apples, nuts and coloring books. You would tell them about the sleigh rides and the carolers coming to the house singing Christmas songs. Most of which we do not see today.
So yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and there will always be a Santa Claus and no matter how young you are or how old you will be, Santa will come into your life. Enjoy it and hold it close.
I am so lucky that my great-granddaughter will be almost three this year and I have the opportunity of seeing Santa for the fourth time. So for a few years he will be back in my heart, telling the stories all over again, giving me the pleasure of reliving the four generations of the Christmas Spirit.
May this holiday be one of joy. Cherish it and for those just starting out, oh what marvels are yet to be seen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
BARBARA WILCOX LYONS