Santa Brings Two Christmas Miracles…
Do you believe in miracles? What about Santa Claus? Well, I believe in them both. Put them together and they can be powerful tools to help us through tough times.
They made need a little assistance though…
Miracle #1 December 2001
We all needed our spirits lifted after what happened to our country on September 11. Since the patriarch of my extended family was traveling to his middle son’s home in PA, I was put in charge of the annual Christmas Eve dinner for the family.
No one felt like going out so we planned dinner at our home. Just before he left, Tom (the patriarch) reminded me that Santa ALWAYS makes an appearance at the Christmas Eve dinner.
I wanted to make the evening special.
For the children (Erin & Megan who were 5 & 3) I had a small table set up for them complete with battery-operated candles. It was a child’s picnic table that we placed next to the dining table. There were Christmas poppers and little snow globes for them as well.
The adult’s table had the same except we had real candles and adult beverages. Every place setting had a small miniature that was a clue as to who was supposed to sit there.
The best part was when there was a knock on the door and Santa showed up! Eyes lit up and not just the children’s!!!
And that’s not all…
Our neighbor’s daughter was outside when Santa drove up and got out of the car. She slowly stood up and wanted desperately to run over to him. Thankfully her mom came out and distracted her.
Miracle #2 December 2020
Nineteen years later and after a year of being apart, washing our hands, and Zooming everyone, we were in need of some spirit-lifting.
We had just a small part of our family over 14, I think. For the first part of 2020, we would see everyone from afar…standing in the driveway while we delivered cookies or bread. We waved and shouted our hello’s.
By the end of the year, we were all dining out, getting our hair done, etc but respecting those who felt more comfortable not being so physically close.
The children were a little down because they missed their other cousins and the large group we normally have. And, finding a place to sit on Santa’s knee so you could recite your long list of what you wanted had been hard to find due to Covid.
Once again, I enlisted Jolly St. Nick to light up the room, and that he did. Santa ( thanks to our neighbor, Jerry) arrived and the room came alive. Mini-me and Raffe jumped up and down and the adults could not take enough pictures!!!
Miracles and Santa are there. Sometimes they need a little assist…but they’re there!!!
Miracles only happen if you believe in miracles. Paulo Coelho
SEEING isn’t believing. BELIEVING is Seeing. The Santa Claus
This is an entry in the December Challenge: ‘Tis the Season for Miracles & Scares hosted by Andrea Bedard and Carol Williams .