Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No matter how old Santa’s grandkids are they’re never too old to have a photo taken with Santa. This year, Laren (SIL) and Terri my oldest daughter went to Beaumont for Thanksgiving. This meant they were able to get their photo taken with Santa. It’s been several years since they’ve been able to make it down for the holidays and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very happy to see them.

This photo is of Santa and my sister Belinda’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brittain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grandkids), Isabella, Paw Paw Santa, Madelyn holding Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Amanda. Believe it or not this photo was the first one they took! Talk about a Christmas miracle. Even Zeusy was good and looked at the camera.

I was so bummed we weren’t able to make it down this holiday season. Ansley was the only grandkid that wasn’t able to get her photo taken with Santa. Working at Hallmark during the holidays means no time off and lots of overtime. But I am counting down the days until mom and dad arrive Christmas day. It was such a wonderful surprise when they told me they were coming. This was going to be the first year in all my 46 years to not be with my mom and dad Christmas day. So glad this record is not going to be broken.

This year, dad started writing down some of the memorable moments he has had as Santa’s helper, during the holiday season. I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you this week and this one truly touches my heart.

One evening, a young lady in a wheelchair about 5 years old comes down for a visit with Santa. When she gets about 10 feet away and holding mom’s hand, she walks to Santa. This little girl has cerebral palsy and the walk was quite difficult but she was determined to walk down for her visit. With a little bit of help from Santa she gets up on his lap and mom says, “She can’t smile for the picture but that’s OK. The muscles in her face are starting to weaken.” Santa talks for a bit with the little girl and they pose for their picture. Well, Santa tickled her on the ribs and said, “CHEESE.” The little girl made such an effort that a grin appeared on her face, enough so that mom and dad’s face had a great big smile too. They were so happy as it was one of the best smiles she had made in a long time.  Well, as you can imagine this made Santa’s day. Moments like these are the kind that fills your heart with joy but tears come to your eyes when the child leaves out of sight.

I need to find a publisher… the stories Santa has are so wonderful and uplifting and I think it would make a wonderful little book. I’m going to put this on my list of things to do.

Sweetest of holiday Hugs!


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  • Susan Parnell

    Hello Lisa, I’ve taken a few of your classes @ The Crafty Scrapper & have enjoyed your books. I love your blog & all the wonderful stories you share about your family. This one about the little girl w/CP really touched me. I had back surgery in November of 1983, I was 13 & the surgery was done @ Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas. At one time during my stay my roommate was a head wound victim, she had been shot in the head & was in the hospital recovering. Your Dad’s story reminded me of that girl & the special memories of that time in my life. Thank you for sharing & helping me to remember what this season is really about!
    Merry Christmas,
    Susan Parnell

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Hi Susan,

      What a touching story. I wonder how your roommate is doing now? I hope she recovered fully. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  • linda

    I just read an article recently that you can turn those writings into ebooks. I read it in our local newspaper, which I recycled, but you might be able to find some info online. I think those stories would be so precious to preserve.

    Love your book and can’t wait for No. 2!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Thanks for the tip, Linda. I will certainly be checking this out. I would love to get all his stories in print.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!