“Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” played on the radio this morning. KTTS-FM isn’t playing Christmas music all the time like one of the Christian radio stations, but they are gearing up for the Holiday. The version heard this morning on the Springfield station was by Brad Paisley. This song was written and originally recorded by Buck Owens in 1965. It brings to mind another Christmas memory.
Santa was never spotted in our home. The Kensingers, Bakers and Tuckers would visit Grandma and Grandpa Kensinger on Christmas Eve for our annual feast and gift exchange. We would gather around the tree after dinner and each child had at least one gift. Usually there were two or three from Grandma and Grandpa, aunts and uncles. While the children played with their new toys, the fathers would disappear.
Unbeknownst to the youngsters Santa made his surprise visit on Christmas Eve. Some of the older kids noticed and knew that the dads put the gifts out. They were old enough not to be sleeping when they arrived home late that evening. Kenny and Bud told what they knew about this tradition after Grandpa and Grandma had died and the celebrations were no longer observed.
The emphasis on Santa Claus that is found in the current advertisements and media bombardment is wasted on most children. The youngest ones pay little attention and the oldest have already determined that Mom and Dad are their Santa. The attached video brings out an example of how small kids think of the old elf. He is someone that you could sit down with and have a chat at lunch. Be sure to enjoy this video.
Who was your Santa Claus? Do you have a Christmas remembrance you would like to share with your Examiner and his readers? E-mail them or add to the comments below. Merry Christmas.