In anticipation of the more magical period, a child poetically articulates on paper what exactly she needs for Christmas, pleading her case as to the reasons she overwhelmingly deserves everything in which she actually is asking. Then, with all the greatest of care, she places her magical letter into an envelope, writes “To Santa Claus” about the face, attaches the postage stamp Mom gave her to work with, and carries it for the mailbox. Then, naturally, the mail carrier grabs the letter and off it goes.
Well, to little Abigail who wrote the letter, there is absolutely no question as to in which the santa claus letters is heading…Santa Claus, obviously. But will you be surprised if I mentioned that little Abigail is likely exactly right?
It had been 1852 and also the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded. Being that this whole town was present, it was a good time to carry the last town meeting of the year. The truth is, for years, this small town in Spencer County of southern Indiana, founded within the late 1840’s, was known as the “nameless town.” This was simply because the settlers, of mostly German descent, could not pick a name.
All were gathered throughout the pot-bellied stove, for example the children…although quiet and never really participating, were in the most essential town meetings. Since the frustrating discussion of naming this town continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors on this small log church, and it also was the adults who fell silent because the youngsters came to life. Having a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard with the picture-framed doorway. It was actually then the children, almost in a, simultaneous voice exclaimed, “Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus!”
It absolutely was so…one Christmas Eve, over 150 yrs ago, the little nameless town finally took its name. Santa Claus, Indiana because it is still named to this particular day.
You might have guessed, this small city of approximately 2,000 residents is all about Christmas. Through the town’s name on the names on the street signs, and also witnessing the town’s village décor, the holiday spirit year-round is very evident.
Each Christmas season, hundreds of thousands of letters get through to the town’s small post office. In fact, this post office handles more mail, often over, in the holidays personal1zed it does all the other months combined! These letters, often inscribed in crayon but with the utmost sincerity, have only one name addressed in the envelope’s face. Yeah, you guessed it…Santa Claus.
So, this holiday season as soon as your child or grandchild asks you for any postage stamp in order to mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, it is possible to honestly agree their letters will likely find its intended destination…