What a great Christmas season we had. Mrs. Claus and I would like to express to all of our families, organizations and friends that included us in their Christmas celebration, “We enjoyed visiting with each and every one of you”. To all the individuals we were touched by, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was heartwarming, delightful and eye-opening talking to you. Your wishes and request brought a smile to our faces and warmed our hearts. Mrs. Claus and I hope we were able to make most of your wishes come true. To the companies and organizations that included us in their events, we look forward to being part of your events in 2016.
A very Happy and Healthy New Year to:
• Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
• Downers Grove Park District
• Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
• BMO Harris, Hinsdale, Illinois
• Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
• Shriners Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
• Advocate Children’s Hospital, Des Planes, Illinois
• Thermon Law Offices, LTD, Chicago, Illinois
• Lads and Lassies, Preschool, Darien Illinois
• ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
• Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Illinois
• The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
• The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois
• Camping World and Good Sam, Lake Forest, Illinois
• Art Van Furniture, Downers Grove, Batavia, and Woodridge, Illinois
• Danada Vision, Downers Grove, Illinois
• D’Lara Photography, Downers Grove, Illinois
• Stacy Heap-Vitallo Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
• A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois Toys and Food Ride
• Elburn, Illinois Parade
• Vision Photography
• Promotional Network, Inc. Berkley, Michigan
• Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois
• and all the homes and private parties we visited.
When the children ask me, “Do you make all the toys?” I reply “NO, of course not. I am much too OLD a Spirit for all that work. My Elves make the toys.” Then I ask them if they know the names of my Elves? Well, there is Matt Tel, he’s my oldest Elf. He’s been with me the longest. And then there’s Has Bro. He’s the boss of the Elves. I like to call him “my little bro.” Then there are the twins Fisher & Price Elf. They’re mischievous little imps always playing tricks on Santa, and of course there is my Native American Elf; Ton Ka. He’s the biggest Elf of them all. Some say he’s so big he’s built like a Truck. Finally there’s my singing Elf Presley . . . Elfis Presley. He’s the favorite of Mrs. Claus. She likes to call him “the King of the Elves.” A few weeks ago I was working a photo shoot and I turned to this little elf that was working with me and I asked her what her name was. She told me her name was “Presley.” NO JOKE. The Universe sometimes catches me off-guard in this way.
I was once told that the older children were teasing a 12 year old child about Believing in Santa. I told her that you’re never too old to believe; that Christmas is not just something you can hold in your hand. Christmas is the warmth of love and giving; it’s having family around to share your time. Christmas is seeing the wonder of the season in a child’s eyes or the twinkle in a 90 year old woman when the lights on the tree are lit for the first time that season and the memories she has in her heart begin to stir. Christmas is a time of year that brings out the best in everyone. You walk down the street and you say, “Hello, Merry Christmas” to a stranger. When you see them smile it brings the warmth of Christmas to your heart. It is remembering someone who will be alone by taking them a plate of food, giving them a hug, and chatting a while. Christmas is making sure that those who are not as fortunate have some small gift to make them smile.
Remember the real reason for the season; the birth of the Christ Child in a humble stable so many years ago. Thank God and Jesus for all you have. Remember that Christmas is not about how much you spend or how many things you buy.
Never stop believing in Christmas, and the wonder it brings. Letting a child believe in Santa is a gift you can give to all children. If someone tells you there is no Santa Claus, just smile and nod— because you know the truth. If I didn’t believe I would not be a Santa myself.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to another great season. We will be returning to a number of our events from last year as well as to some new partnerships. Mrs. Claus and I are hoping to continue your traditions and start new ones. To everyone we meet we want to bring joy, happiness and the true spirit of Christmas to you and yours. To the companies, organizations, and friends old and new that have included us in their events in 2015, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Health New Year in 2016.
Partnerships for the 2016 season are:
- Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
- Downers Grove Park District
- Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
- BMO Harris, Hinsdale Illinois
- Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
- Shriners Children’s Hospital
- Advocate Children’s Hospital, Des Planes, Illinois
- Camping World, Lake Forest, Illinois
- Art Van Furniture in Downers Grove, Batavia, and Woodridge, Illinois
- D’Lara Photography, Downers Grove, Illinois
- Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
- Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Illinois
- DoubleTree by Hilton, Oak Brook, Illinois
- B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
- Dana Vision, Wheaton, Illinois
- The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
- and all the homes and private parties we will be visiting.
Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to express what a great Christmas season we had. We enjoyed visiting with each and every one of you. To all the families we were touched by, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. Continue reading
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The real Santa lived a long time ago in a place called Asia Minor. It is now the country of Turkey. His name was Nicholas.
Nicholas’ parents died when he was just a teenager. His parents left him a lot of money which made him a rich young man. He went to live with his uncle who was a priest. Continue reading
The following was written by Mahleah Chicetawn in 2011. She makes some really strong points on why it’s important, not only for kids to believe in Santa, but for us to hold on too.
Santa Claus has always been a big part of Christmas. His image has always represented the magical part of Christmas. Eventually, children do stop believing in him, usually because people they trust like parents, friends or older siblings tell them that he doesn’t exist. Continue reading
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. Continue reading