Friday, December 15, 2006

Do You Believe?

When our son Daniel was about three years old, we began our annual tradition of taking him to downtown Lazarus in Columbus to see Santa. They had the best Santa Claus, in my humble opinion and their Santaland was absolutely a wonderland! This first year, as Daniel crawled up onto Santa's lap, my heart was so moved by the gentleness and kindness of this elderly man. He wasn't loud or boisterous but rather quiet and pleasant. I kept wiping away the tears and just didn't understand what was wrong with me. Ed was visibly moved, too. What was going on? I mean, he was just a department store Santa, after all. As Daniel climbed down off of Santa's lap, Santa smiled kindly at me and waved and again, a big lump formed in my throat. All that Daniel wanted that year was a sno-cone machine (thank you, Aunt Debbie! *smile*) and that is what he told Santa when asked what he wanted. Santa just couldn't believe that Daniel didn't want anything else, but that is how Daniel has always been. He gets his heart set on ONE thing that he wants and though he might receive other gifts, the ONE is enough. I'm thankful for the heart that the Lord has given him. I've never forgotten that particular trip to see Santa. I believe it was the kindness and gentleness that emanated from this man's heart that so moved me.

The other evening, I went to a Christmas party with my sister Debbie. As we were finishing eating, Santa arrived to wish us a Merry Christmas. Again, he was such a kind and gentle Santa, spreading goodwill to all. As he made his way about the tables, there was that lump forming in my throat once again and the tears smarting at the corners of my eyes. When he reached our table, he extended a gloved hand to shake and wished me a Merry Christmas and I realized that I "knew" this Santa. *smile* And I knew that he REALLY WAS a kind man.

I have said all of that to say that it is the spirit of Santa that really makes the difference and matters. It isn't whether he is pagan or "real" or whatever. So may the kind, gentle and good spirit of Santa envelop you this Christmas and Holiday Season. God Bless You One and All!!

(oh, and just between you and me......the Santa at my sister's Christmas party??? I used to date him! *smile* I told the girls at our table and we had a great laugh over it!!)

7 comments:

Theresa said...

So, Jewel, were your dates with Santa at the North Pole or were they in Logan???**Laughing!!!!**

I agree with you about the "spirit of Santa". To this day, my mother-in-law, still puts out cookies for Santa (and there have not been any kids in their home for better than 20 years!!)

Jewel said...

Welllllll.....should I or should I not share the details of my tryst with Santa?? LOL They were in Logan and Athens! Haha! Hey, I'll see you Sunday night! We are coming to your Christmas Cantata! Yayyyy! I'm so excited to see everyone!

Theresa said...

I'm so excited about you coming!!! And The Don and family will be there, too! GOOD TIMES!!!!

chantell said...

Jewel! Dating Santa? That sheds a bit of light on the plausibility of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" eh? lol.

And to think, you could have been Mrs. Claus. But I know you don't feel like you're missing out. :-)

Jewel said...

Who woulda thunk it, hm, Chantelle? lol You just never know what little secrets lie in a person's past,hm? lol You know, since I have shared this little bit of information about "my past", *smile*, I have enjoyed more little private smiles and laughs. Isn't it nice when we have memories like this that just automatically provoke a smile or chuckle?

Ronda Hurst said...

I love Santa too. Cookies are on the table Christmas Eve for him and his reindeer.

Jewel said...

I just may have to leave some out for old Santa myself this year, Sis. Hurst! *smile*