Since we are already in December, the season of Christmas, I would like to share a short story that I had read a few years ago.
My grandma taught me everything about Christmas. As a kid, I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister jeered, ”There is no Santa Claus!” Grandma was home, and as she served me cinnamon buns, I told her everything. “No Santa Claus!” she snorted. “Ridiculous! That’s an awful rumor. Just put on your coat, and let’s go.” She took me to a shopping mall and handed me some money. “I want you to buy something for someone who needs it. I’ll wait for you in the car,” she exclaimed. The mall seemed big and crowded. For a few moments, I just stood there, wondering what to buy. I then thought of Charlie Fetters. He was a kid with a torn sweater and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in class. Charlie Fetters didn’t have a coat. He never went out for recess during the winter. I decided to buy Charlie Fetters a coat. I found a red corduroy coat with a hood. It looked warm. I bought the coat and ran back to my grandma. That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat we wrote, “To Bobbie, From Santa Claus” on it.
She drove me over to Charlie Fetters’s house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa’s helpers. Grandma parked down the street from Bobbie’s house. She gave me a nudge. “All right, Santa Claus,” she whispered, “get going.” I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, kept the present on his step, pounded his doorbell and ran back to the safety of Grandma’s car. The door opened, and there stood Bobbie. He looked around, picked up his present, took it inside and closed the door.
Twenty years haven’t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my grandma, near Charlie Fetters’s house. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: Ridiculous!
Santa was alive and well … AND WE WERE ON HIS TEAM!
My dear readers, I just wish you to remember that Christmas celebrates the spirit of giving. It attracts happiness by giving joy to others.
Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry-making. It is more than that. It is time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.
– J. C. Penney