A Child's Wonder

      "Daddy," she said, her eyes full of tears, "will you
      talk to me and quiet my fears?" Those bad boys at
      school are spreading a lie 'bout the impossibility of
      reindeer that fly. There's no Santa Claus, they say
      with a grin, there's not one now and never has been.

      How can one man take all those toys to thousands of
      girls and boys? But I told them daddy, that they were
      not right, that I would come home and find out
      tonight. Mama said wait until you get home. Please
      tell me now that I was not wrong."

      Her daddy looked at her questioning face and puffed
      his pipe while his frantic mind raced. He had put
      this thing off as long as he could, he had to think
      fast and it better be good. Whispering a prayer, he
      began with a smile, "Well climb on my lap, dear, let's
      talk a while."

      "Remember at church how we learned to pray, asking God
      to take care of us each day? And you know how we say
      grace before each meal? To this same God whom we know
      to be real. Though we never see Him, we know He is
      there watching his children with such loving care."

      "God started Christmas a long time ago when He gave us
      His son to love and to know. A spirit of giving came
      with that birth, and God's generosity filled the
      whole earth. Man had to name this spirit of giving
      just as He names all things that are living."

      "The name Santa Claus came to someone's mind probably
      the best name of any to find. There is, you can see,
      and I think it quite clear, truly a Santa who visits
      each year. A spirit like God, whom we never see he
      enters the hearts of your mother and me."

      Each year at Christmas for one special night we become
      him and make everything right. But the REAL spirit of
      Christmas is in you and in me, and I hope you are old
      enough now to see that as we believe and continue to
      give, our friend Santa Claus will continue to live."

[ Author Unknown -- from Carolyn ]


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