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Through the Eyes of Santa (2015)

 

IT IS MY HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS LETTER YOU WILL GET A GLIMPSE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON THROUGH MY EYES.

 

OF ALL THE THINGS THAT KEEP ME BUSY THROUGH OUT THE SEASON, GETTING TO THAT FINAL DEADLINE IS ALWAYS THE BUSIEST. THIS YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION. A YEAR FILLED WITH BLESSINGS, NEW FRIENDSHIPS, OLD FRIENDSHIPS, AND “ROUTINES” AND ”OUT OF THE BLUES”. SO WHAT KEEPS ME SMILING ALL YEAR LONG? THESE MEMORIES I MAKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

 

CHRISTMAS MIRACLES, CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS - - CALL IT WHAT YOU MAY…I CALL IT ALL THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS!

 

WE BLESSED THE SAN ANTONIO FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH A FULL TURKEY DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE, ALREADY COOKED AND READY TO SERVE. JUST SOMETHING WE WANTED TO DO ON THE SIDE, JUST TO SAY “THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR US, FOR BEING AT THE FIREHOUSE INSTEAD OF HOME WITH YOUR FAMILIES, KEEPING US SAFE IN THAT UNPLANNED EMERGENCY!!” THEY WERE DELIGHTED AND SO HAPPY WHEN WE MET THEM AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE FIREHOUSE WITH ALL THIS FOOD.

 

AND THEY SAY IT ALWAYS COME BACKS TO YOU. MRS CLAUS BELIEVES IN DONATING--TO THE CHURCH, TO THE CHILDREN, TO THE SCHOOLS, TO THE ANIMALS, TO WHATEVER. SO SHE BOUGHT A RAFFLE TICKET FROM ONE OF THE CHURCHS WE HAD SEEN PREVIOUSLY IN THE SEASON. SHORTLY AFTER WE HAD DELIVERED THAT DINNER TO THE FIREHOUSE, WE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL. "WE WON 2ND PRIZE!" 4 TIMES WHAT WE PAID FOR THE CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THE FIRE DEPARATMENT!

 

BESIDES THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST – THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS – THE OTHER REASON IS GIVING… THE GIVING IS WHAT WE ARE MEANT TO DO…WHAT WE SHOULD DO ALL YEAR AROUND.

FOR US TO GIVE TO SO MANY, WE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET BACK IN BLESSINGS, DONATIONS, SMILES, WISHES, PHOTOS, NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND OLD ONES – FOR WHICH WE ARE ALWAYS SO THANKFUL ..BUT JUST TO WIN A PRIZE.”WOW, ONE OF THOSE ‘OUT OF THE BLUES’ FOR US.

 

VISITING WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WAS A GRAND DEAL LAST YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR, AGAIN, SO SPECIAL TO ME. TO SEE EACH CHILD COME UP AND TALK TO ME, GET A GIFT FROM ME, THEIR SMILES ARE NOTHING BUT HONEST AND TRUE. THEY ARE SO EXCITED – PROBABLY MORE THAN OTHER CHILDREN– BUT PROBABLY NOT, BUT HOW CAN YOU MEASURE THAT? SO MUCH EXCITEMENT COMES FROM THEM. IT MAKES ME FEEL SO GREAT TO BE A PART OF THEIR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AS WELL.

 

IF YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE WALKING INTO A STORE OR A RESTURANT, AND SEEING A CHILD POKE AT THEIR PARENTS, AND SAY ‘LOOK MOM,ITS SANTA” I’M NOT IN MY USUAL RED SUIT, BUT THEY SEE ME. WELL, OF COURSE I STOP TO TALK TO THEM TOO. TALK TO THE PARENTS. TAKE A FEW PICTURES. I SEE THE SMILES OF THEIR PARENTS, THE SMILES ON THE CHILDREN, AND I WALK AWAY…ONCE AGAIN, KNOWING THAT I MADE SOMEONE SMILE TODAY IS JUST THE BEST FEELING EVER.

 

FLYING LOW IN OUR 4 WHEEL SLEIGH…DRIVING AROUND TOWN, SOMETIMES 70 MILES PER HOUR, GOING FROM ONE PLACE TO THE OTHER, PEOPLE AT THE RED LIGHTS, DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD, HONKING, AND HOLLARING FOR A QUICK POSE SO THEY CAN TAKE A PICTURE. THEY WAVE. THEY SMILE. THEY SAY THANKS AND THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY….THEY NOW HAVE MEMORIES TO PASS ON TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY….AS FOR US…WE JUST LAUGH AND ENJOY ALL THE PUBLICITY

 

FOR THEM TO SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IS ALWAYS A GREAT DEAL TO US. THIS YEAR WAS DEFINITELY A DEJAVOU FOR US. WE SAW FAMILES AND FRIENDS IN ONE AREA WENT TO THE NEXT VISIT, WHETHER IT IS RIGHT AFTER, OR DAYS LATER, THEIR FAMILY AND/OR FRIENDS FIND US AND SHOWS US PICTURES OF WHERE WE WERE BEFORE!!

 

BEING IN VICTORIA TEXAS, AND THE SISTER FINDING US AT SAN ANTONIO MILITARY MEDICAL CLINIC (SAMMC) AT FT SAM.

 

DOING A HOME OWNERS VISIT, THEN TO DOWNTOWN FOR HISTORIC LA VILLITA, AND THE BROTHER SHOWING US THE PICTURE HIS SISTER JUST TOOK AT THE HOMEOWNERS.

 

ONE OF OUR REGULAR HOME VISITS, POSTING US TO FACEBOOK ON HER PAGE, THEN HER FRIEND WANTS TO KNOW HOW SHE MANAGED TO GET THE ‘DOWNTOWN’ SANTA AT HER HOUSE, SINCE SHE SAW US ON THE MUSEUM REACH AT THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER JUST DAYS BEFORE. THIS WAS A FIRST FOR US, BUT IT WAS FUN TO SEE HOW MANY TIMES IT HAPPENED THIS YEAR FOR US.

 

AS WE HAVE STATED SO MANY TIMES, "EVERYONE IS A CHILD AT CHRISTMAS" YES, EVEN ON OUR WEB PAGE, WE HAVE STATED THAT IN A PHOTO ALBUM….SO ON CHRISTMAS EVE, HERE WE ARE AT A PERSONAL HOME VISIT WE HAVE DONE MANY YEARS BEFORE. THERE WAS A DISTURBANCE OUTSIDE ON THE NEIGHBORS HOUSE; THE SAN ANTONIO POLICE WERE CALLED OUT. WE HEAR THE CHATTER IN THE HOUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON OUSTIDE, BUT OF COURSE CONTINUE HANDING OUT GIFTS AND TAKING PICTURES. WHEN WE FINALLY FINISH UP THE VISIT, AND ARE LEAVING THE HOME, WE SAW THE SAN ANTONIO POLICE OUTSIDE, WITH THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN IN HANDCUFFS BESIDE THE PATROL CAR. THE TWO POLICEMEN SEE US, HOLLAR “HEY LOOK ITS SANTA” ONE ASK IF HE CAN TAKE A PICTURE SO HE CAN SHOW HIS KIDS WHO HE SAW ON CHRISTMAS EVE. OUR ANSWER IS.."OF COURSE YOU CAN!!" SO HERE WE ARE NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND ALL THEY WANT IS A PICTURE WITH SANTA – SOMETHING THEY CAN SHARE WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY – A TEMPORARY BREAK FROM THE MONOTONY OF DAILY DUTIES – A CHANGE OF PACE – SOMETHING GOOD FOR A CHANGE. NOW THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT PHOTO OF "NAUGHTY LISTS" AND "NICE LISTS". THANKS TO OUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ALL OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO ARE PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES ON DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, AND NOT SEEING THEIR FAMILIES – ESPECIALLY ON CHRISTMAS EVE/AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

 

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE FEELING OF WALKING INTO THE ‘GANG’S AND DRUG’S’ OFFICE OF THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND SHOUTING 'HO HO HO' TO ALL THE TASK FORCE TEAM. BY THE LOOK OF SURPISE AND REALLY GLAD THEY DIDN’T GO FOR THEIR GUNS – WE DELIVERED A BIG OLE PACKAGE OF HOME MADE CANDIES, COOKIES, OTHER CANDIES AND SNACKS TO THEIR OFFICE TO HELP THEM ON EASE THE PAIN OF WORKING ON CHRISTMAS DAY. OF COURSE AFTER THEY REALIZE IT’S ONLY ME – THEY CALM A BIT AND WELL OF COURSE…LET’S TAKE PICTURES! AGAIN FOR THEM TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THEIR CHILDREN AND SHOW THE KIDS WHO CAME TO SEE THEM WHILE AT WORK!!!! AGAIN…THANKS TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT!!! GOD BLESS THEM EVERYONE!!!!

 

ANOTHER MOMENT OF A LIFETIME…SANTA GETS TO DIRECT THE AIR FORCE BAND OF THE WEST WITH THREE PERFORMANCES!!! OH, YES I DID…AND I DID IT ALL WITH A MAGIC CANDY CANE!!! I PULLED OUT THE CANDY CANE, AND ONE AND TWO AND THREE – AND THE MUSIC STARTED RIGHT ON QUE, IT WAS LIKE I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING. BUT I GUESS IT SAYS IT BEST - THE BAND CERTAINLY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSE TO DO!!! SLEIGH BELL SONG, A LITTLE SIDE STEPPING TO THE MUSIC AND WOW…AN AWESOME PERFORMANCE BY THE BAND.

 

A SMALL SAMPLE OF ‘A SEASON IN THE EYES OF SANTA’, HOWEVER NOTHING OF THIS WOULD BE NEAR AS POSSIBLE IF IT WEREN’T FOR PEOPLE HELPING US. THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH, WE ALWAYS HAVE NEW EVENTS. THROUGH LOCAL AGENTS, THEY PLACE US IN EVENTS. THROUGH OUR CHIEF TECH ELF WHO KEEPS US UP TO DATE ON ALL THE LOCAL MEDIA PAGES, TO THE REAL BOSSES OUT THERE, THAT ALLOW US THIS TIME TO DO THIS. FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HELP US EACH AND EVERY DAY IN OUR EVENTS…FOR THIS…. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DO, BECAUSE YOU ARE IN OUR LIVES DAILY AND BECAUSE YOU ADD TO THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS.

 

BECAUSE OF THE AGENTS, ONE BEING NATIONWIDE SANTAS, HAS CALLED ME THE LAST FOUR YEARS TO DO THE SAN ANTONIO MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER (SAMMC/BAMC SAN ANTONIO TEXAS). THERE ARE VIDEOS OF SANTA SEEING THE CHILDREN IN THE ICU WARDS, CHILDRENT THAT AREN’T ALLOWED VISITORS AND POSSIBLY WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TALK OR TO SEE SANTA BECAUSE OF THEIR ILLNESS, YET WITH THE TECHNOLOGY OF TODAY, THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN. VERY HEARTWARMING VISITS, BUT DEFINTELY EACH YEAR TUGS A PIECE OF MY HEART, BECAUSE THESE CHILDREN ARE SO SICK.

 

SO MANY THINGS THAT MAKE ME SHED THAT SECRET TEAR, OR PERHAPS THE TEARS I TRY TO HIDE, BUT CAN’T. THIS YEAR, TORNADOS TORE THROUGH NORTH TEXAS, UP TO 11 TORNADOS, TEAR THROUGH HOMES AND FAMILES, TAKING EVERYTHING AWAY FROM THEM, TAKING FAMILY MEMBERS, TAKING THEIR CHRISTMAS JOY RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM. CHILDREN LOSING THEIR TOYS THAT THEY BARELY JUST RECEIVED. THROUGH OUR LONE STAR SANTAS CHARITY ORGANZIATION, A CONVOY OF TOYS, GOES INTO FULL SWING TO DELIVER TOYS BACK TO THESE CHILDREN. JUST ONE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, LOSING EVERYTHING, BUT WEEKS LATER, WE ARE HOPING TO PUT A SMILE BACK INTO THESE FAMILIES, AND GIVE THEM HOPE. TO BE ABLE TOUCH THESE CHILDREN HEARTS, JUST SO THEY KNOW EVERYTHING WILL BE OK. WITH HUGS, LOVE AND JOY, THE CONVOY WILL ARRIVE AND SO MANY SANTAS WILL BE THERE TO DELIVER TOYS TO THIS AREA, HOPING TO REPLACE THOSE SAD FACES WITH SMILES SO THEY CAN BE ABLE TO GO FORWARD FROM HERE.

 

SO TO OUR GREAT LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND YES OUR MILITARY – HERE AND ABROAD, ALL OF YOU PROTECTING US FROM WHATEVER MIGHT HARM US, PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS TO CELEBRATE OUR CHOICE OF RELIGION/FAITH/BELIEF, WE THANK YOU. MAY GOD PROTECT YOU IN EVERY WAY, AND KEEP YOU SAFE. THANK YOU.

 

AS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEW YEAR, LOCK BACK ON YOUR CHRISTMAS, SMALL OR LARGE, BUT LOOK AT THE MIRACLES THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH. GET READY TO OPEN YOUR HEARTS AND RECEIVE NEW BLESSINGS DAILY FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THE BLESSINGS AND THE MIRACLES WILL HAPPEN.

 

FROM SANTA AND THE MRS, WE ARE WISHING YOU FROM THE NORTH POLE TO YOUR HOMES, A VERY MERRY NEW YEAR. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!

 

~~ SANTA AND THE MRS, (McLeroy 2015)~~

 

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