I've been reading through hundreds of Secret Santa wishlists this week, and I realize that I really am the emotional one of the house, when it comes to the Christmas season. I suppose I always have been. I was the boy you see here - awed and amazed when I was young. I was that boy who never could sleep on Christmas Eve (though I knew I had to or Santa wouldn't be stopping by). :-) (I really did see Santa in person when I was in the second grade (but that's another story for another time! :-))
As I read so many stories attached to wishlists, it occurs to me that there are so many incredible people with their kids this year that could use our help - all over the world!. Even a ten dollar gift would help keep the magic alive for these families!
Why I do what I do?
The first year of I watched from the sidelines and mailed out as many gifts as I could afford. I randomly chose mostly people I didn't know, and I had a blast doing that! Last year was a bit harder, but I did the same thing. The people I did know mostly received my vintage cards as gifts. The difference last year was that I was now an Official Elf. It was (and is) a serious task for me and my fellow elves.
For all doubters and Grinches out there - we take what we do very seriously, and we do everything we can to make sure we can help as many people as possible! We are not doing this for recognition or accolades. Many times we anonymously send gifts (as do many people). Our reasons are varied, but knowing my fellow elves as I do, I know that each one of us does this straight from the heart!
What we try to do, really, is to bring joy to everyone we can, and especially to families with kids who might not otherwise have a Christmas. Their stories truly touch me (and, I suspect, my fellow elves and Santa ).
I myself was laid-off early in December, yet I squirreled-away some money earlier in the year just for this special occasion. I have Angels who have provided wonderful things for me already (so please, don't send me gifts!!) - but more than anything, I truly want (and hope!) that you will scroll through the list and choose some deserving, and sometimes hurting, people and families to send gifts to.
Choose people you don't know - choose complete strangers! Open your hearts, and even if it's only a five or ten dollar gift you send - you might make the absolute difference between a beautiful Christmas for wonderful children, and that of a Christmas where kids have nothing to open. and they lose faith in the magic of the season.
That's all. That's my two cents. I believe in what we're doing, and though I know there are doubters out there, I have absolute faith that what we're doing makes a difference. Even if it's only for one young boy or girl who's sleeping with one eye open, eagerly anticipating Santa's arrival!
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I was wondering why your parents named you after me. Seems strange for you to be named Santa, doesn't it? Do people ever get you mixed up with me, the real Santa Claus?