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The Magic of Santa Claus

The Magic of Santa Claus
For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy, love, and family gatherings. It's when we embrace the spirit of giving and the magic of Santa Claus. The jolly old man in the red suit who, as legend has it, travels around the globe on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, delivering gifts to children on Christmas Eve. 

Jim Minter's Letter to Santa
Jim Minter's childhood Christmas tradition is one that many would find fascinating. According to Jim, “About a month before Christmas, I would write my letter to Santa,” but instead of mailing it, Jim says, “I would put the letter in the chimney and then I would run outside and watch it come out,” presumably on its way to the North Pole.

The Night Santa Comes
On the night of Christmas Eve, Jim would prepare for Santa's arrival in his own unique way. He would spread the ashes from the fireplace on the mantle. Why you might ask? The reason according to Jim, "So he could see Santa's footsteps the next morning, and sure enough, they were there." 

Belief in Santa Claus
A sense of wonder and belief in magic that makes Christmas is truly special for many. It reminds us that sometimes, it's not about what's logical or practical, but about the joy and wonder that comes from believing in something greater than ourselves. So this Christmas, let's take a leaf out of Jim Minter's book and believe in the magic of Santa Claus. After all, it's the season of miracles and joy!

If you have your own Christmas traditions or Santa Claus stories to share, we would love to hear from you.

Excerpts from Fayette Portraits Christmas Edition 1994