I believe…

Dec 12, 2011

Just recently my 8 year old niece was ask­ing if Santa was real. My mom asked Made­lyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Made­lyn went on her merry way. I remem­ber when I found out about Santa and for a moment I was sad but then dis­cov­ered since I had younger sib­lings I was in a spe­cial secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrap­ping and shop­ping which I just loved. I found this part just as reward­ing if not more on Christ­mas morn­ing. Watch­ing my brother and sis­ter run down the stairs, through the hall­way and into the liv­ing room star­ing in amaze­ment at what Santa had brought was so much fun.

Christ­mas at our house was always a won­der­ful time. First mom would take for­ever brush­ing her teeth and putting on her robe which drove us three kids crazy feel­ing we were going to bust in antic­i­pa­tion. The house always had the scent of warm banana nut bread, fresh cof­fee brew­ing and all the smells of baked goods mom and I had made the week prior. You could hear wrap­ping paper being torn and boxes being ripped open, GASPS of pure hap­pi­ness of what we received and over­all pure excitement.

With Madelyn’s ques­tion­ing of Santa it made me think of this lay­out I cre­ated back in 2008 when I was asked to cre­ate a lay­out for Mem­ory Mak­ers. To this day this lay­out is one of my all time favorite lay­outs. I decided to cre­ate one about my Dad a.k.a. Santa… I titled it “I Believe” and I still do to this day. Because as stated in this let­ter Santa is love and magic and hope and hap­pi­ness and this is just what my dad por­trays all year long.

If you ask his grand­kids (they will tell you he is Paw Paw at home but at the mall in his chair it’s seri­ous and he is Santa) or his great nephews… they will tell you he is… Uncle Santa. Or the kids eat­ing break­fast, lunch or din­ner in restau­rants that smile and wave and receive a pep­per­mint or small coin stat­ing, “You’ve been caught being good.”  and told, “Santa goes on vaca­tion too.” Or as we drive to West Vir­ginia see the kids who wave and point with eyes as big as half dol­lars as Santa dri­ves by… it is the most fun ever to expe­ri­ence all these cute moments.

The Jour­nal­ing Reads…

Yes, my dar­lings I believe in Santa. He exists, as I know this for a fact.

For you see, I have lived with him all my life. I knew him before his beard was white.

I knew him before his belly was not so much like that bowl full of jelly. Those were the days

when he read me “Green Eggs and Ham” and tucked me into bed at night.

Those were the days I called him “Daddy”.

Yes, I knew and loved him then and today know and love him even more.

Santa lives and con­tin­ues to bring won­der­ment and joy to all that believe.

I will always believe.

This has always been one of my favorite pho­tos. It’s me with mom and dad cel­e­brat­ing my first Christ­mas in 1965. I still have that rock­ing chair too. It was a gift from my grand­par­ents and had a lit­tle music box that would play when you rocked back and forth. Although, from what I have heard the music box never did work just right and irri­tated my grand­mother some­thing fierce. Obvi­ously I was not too scarred from it as all I have are fond mem­o­ries of rock­ing in the chair.  Mom packed and hauled this rocker dur­ing each move from Maine to Texas, to Louisiana and back to Texas. I’m so glad she did too because I love it. It sits high on top of our enter­tain­ment cen­ter and I enjoy see­ing it every day.

Hol­i­day Hugs!

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  • Aunt Brenda

    Oh, you were too cute…and, in many ways, still are! Christ­mas mem­o­ries should always be the best memories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243866756 Linda Spin­ney Camp­bell on Facebook

    What I love to remem­ber is that you were so spe­cial to Momma Rand…who could be a hard nut to crack in those days!!!!! Merry Christ­mas to all!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000230947229 Linda Alford on Facebook

    That is a won­der­ful trib­ute to uncle Santa.

  • santa

    What a won­der­ful piece.
    Love Santa Dad

  • http://www.thedieshaveit.com Susie Moore

    Look at your fam­ily! That pic­ture is a trea­sure for sure!

  • Mag­gie Castillo

    OMG! It that your Dad at North Park? Love it!