Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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December 12, 2013

Special memories of the holiday season

Well, here we are right in the middle of the Holiday Season again! What a wonderful, busy, joyous time of year this is. Thanksgiving kicked things off. Now, everybody is getting ready for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are presents to buy, parties to attend, and, hopefully, time to spend with family and friends during this special season.

It’s also a time to reflect on the events of the year about to end. It’s also appropriate, I think, to take stock of all of life’s blessings and to reflect on the occasional sadness that comes everyone’s way. Personally, I find myself caught up in the golden memories of childhood Christmases when all of it was very real, exciting and magical.

Just now, for example, I recall the joy of going through the huge Sears catalogue in search of the toy section. I would circle the things I hoped to receive. Then I would write my letter to Santa Claus, listing the items from the catalogue I wanted. My aunts would make sure the letter was mailed, back in the days when a postage stamp was only three cents. Upon reflection, it’s obvious to me that my aunts ordered the toys I had picked right from the catalogue. Every once in a while some hoped for toy wouldn’t arrive by Christmas. My aunts would tell me that Kris Kringle had to have something to leave on New Year’s Eve. I was so naïve as a child that I was convinced that Santa and Kris Kringle were two different people!

So, the gift that didn’t arrive from Sears in time for Christmas usually made it before the end of the year – so Kris Kringle could deliver it on New Year’s Eve! Little did I realize that “Kris Kringle” was just another name for Santa Claus! The net result was just as much fun for me because it was like having Christmas twice – once on December 25th and once, on a smaller scale, on January 1st. Actually, it was a clever bit of deception by my aunts to cover up the erratic deliveries by Sears, and I didn’t really mind because I got presents twice!

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