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Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 9:40 AM


Just had breakfast with Santa at the firehouse, and thought about encounters with Santa. Do you remember having Mom or Dad write a real list to take to him? Love to hear your memories.
I remember memorizing my list during the hour on line at Macy's. It was just three things, red shoes, tinker toys and a Toni doll!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 5:59 PM

I've no memory of any list, but I do have this photo (my avatar)... It was taken in 1950 or 1951 at Hudson's flagship store in downtown Detroit. I do remember how magical Hudson's was. A fairy tale like setting of fabulous Christmas decorations winding all over the (12th?) floor. Waiting in line was nearly as exciting as seeing the big guy himself! Coincidentally, I've a picture of my daughter I had taken there when she was very near the same age. Our poses are identical!

It is an absolute crime that Hudson's is just a memory as well as downtown Detroit holiday shopping.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 7:11 PM

Odd that you would mention "crime" and "downtown Detroit" in the same sentence.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 7:12 PM

As a child, I looked a lot like Ralphie in A Christmas Story. However, I have no memory of ever going to a department store to see Santa. My parents never said Santa was a fat man who brought presents and lived at the North Pole; they told us he represented the spirit of Christmas giving (NOT the reason for the holiday). When I asked questions, they would send me to the encyclopedia to research for myself.

Strangely enough, in my old age, I have a strong resemblance to the traditional Santa (See the photo on my Sploofus page with Lilo and Stitch). When we recently went to Disneyworld, we stayed late for the Christmas parade and festivities. We were in line to ride Dumbo when I heard an excited giggle behind us. I turned around to find two small boys bouncing and pointing at me and whispering, "It's S-s-s-santa! It's Santa Claus."

I saw that one of them had a birthday button with his name on it, so I leaned over and said, "Happy Birthday, Ryan." The other boy almost fainted and yelled, "He KNOWS your naaame!" One of the parents whispered the name of the other boy to my wife, who whispered it to me, so I gave him a fist-bump and said, "And are you ready for Christmas, James?" to which Ryan squealed, "He knows your name, tooo!"

It had cost a bundle to stay for this extra activity, but the excitement these (and other) children showed made it all worthwhile. I have one other story, but I want to see others posted also. Thanks for bronging up the topic.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 8:06 PM

Donden. Unfortunately not odd at all. But plenty said, eh?

Why Mike you do look like Santa!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 8:26 PM

Oh my gosh, Michael - you ARE Santa!!!!!!

My list will be in your PM shortly!!!

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 8:31 PM

You do look like Santa Claus...can I please have a 1968 Camero this year for Christmas? I've been extra good this year....

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 8:47 PM

I once dreamed of having my old '65 Barracuda back. Then I remembered 12 mpg. AM radio only. No air conditioning. The glove box full of speeding tickets. And the part that malfunctioned most often (the starter), required you to almost pull the engine to replace it.

I do a favor, Vickie. Get a scale model and savor the memories. No insurance required (And didn't your son just get his license?)

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 8:51 PM

Thanks for reminding me Michael...(about my son having his license)...I'd still like to have one though for me!!!!! LOL...

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 11:30 PM

wow! Michael! I believe in Sata, after seeing your pic.LOL!

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 11:20 AM

First, Thank you to all the wonderful people who like the picture. I love the look of surprise on a child's face when they think they've seen Santa. It's almost the same as when a student finally grasps a difficult concept.

Now, my second story. Same place, next night. We were in Epcot, waiting for the evening fireworks display. We had chosen our spot and several Disney employees came by to chat with us. A group of four or five teenagers (about age 14), kept looking our way, and nudging each other with that "You do it." attitude. Finally, one of them separated from the group and swaggered over toward us. I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but I smiled at him. He leaned in close and whispered, "I want an X-Box 360." Then he quickly walked back to his friends.

It was a great trip. After Christmas, I'll trim the beard back to a goatee, but for now, I'm enjoying being able to make people smile. At a traffic light, I saw two kids in the back seat of the car beside me. They were obviously arguing with each other, and the lady in the front seat looked like she was ready to break. I rolled my window down far enough for the kids to see me (I was just behind the woman's field of vision), and waggled my finger at them, then placed my finger on my lips in the shush signal. It was magic. As I rolled my window back up, I could almost see halos forming above their heads. Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas, all.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.4 - Posts: 6108)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 11:52 AM

Mike, I checked out your picture, and you really do look like Santa Claus. Thank you for spreading Christmas joy to the little kids and a Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family...


Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 6:55 PM

When we were all 6 and under, my mother stuck the 4 of us in the bathtub and my dad stood by, with this big grin on his face. As we got bathed, suddenly we heard sleigh bells. We completely freaked out, clearly Santa Claus was overhead in his sleigh... I actually do remember this, being the oldest.... to say we were excited....
It turns out, my dad had hung jingle bells outside our bathroom window and ran a string all along the outside into the house...

Second favorite. My parents did not decorate the tree until Christmas eve, because is was a german tradition and most because it spared them, being driven nut by the four of us. One year, my Aunt Marybelle, sent gifts and my mother had them sitting on a table, waiting for the big day. They were so tantalizing.
She went grocery shopping one day with another aunt, and while she was gone, my sister and I, snuck into the living room, with the intent of just unwrapping the ends of the presents, to see what they were. As we put our hands on the presents, a voice came out of no where and said
"WHAT are you doing???'
We truly thought God himself had come down to punish us.
Turns out, my aunt, was late picking my mother up, and dear old mom was sitting there, quietly, waiting for her ride and totally caught us red handed.

My sons, coming to me, very early on Christmas morning..... I heard them and knew that they had asked me something, so I queried "yes, honey?" --- they ignored the question and took it literally.... they had asked "Can we go downstairs and open presents".... the next sound I heard was them pounding down the stairs...... so we did Christmas at 2 am that year!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 9:24 PM


M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 10:31 PM

Definition of a Christmas optimist:

A little kid gets horse poop in his stocking, and tears the house apart because he just knows the pony is there somewhere.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 10:40 PM

Santa Mike! Is this a clue for me? Oh boy!!! I'm doin' my happy dance!!

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Mon, 7th Dec '09 10:53 PM

No, Heady, the clue is in the PM I sent you.

Your request is much more logical than little Alice in this comic clip.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 8th Dec '09 1:18 PM

What a lot of nice stories, and pictures too! Finally we get to see a REAL picture of santa, thanks.
After all the happy stories, I want to add this one...whether it is happy or sad depends on my age. Tho we are Jewish, my mother went all out for all holidays, including Christmas. She and my dad did the whole thing, real tree, presents, stocking...all after I went to be on Christmas eve, and said Santa had done it all. The stocking was placed by my bed to keep me there for a few hours LOL. Anyway, one of my favorite "toys" was my mothers' beaded handbags, which ranged from tiny jet beads to huge wooden ones. So there in my stocking at age 6 1/2 was a large glass jar full of beads. And the seeds of my disillusion. Because I recognized that the beads came off one of mother's handbags! She had removed them all, thinking several naive things -- that I wouldn't recognize them, that I was too old to believe in Santa Claus, that I already knew it was my parents who "made" Christmas. All wrong. I can still remember the feeling, and the tears, and hating that jar of beads!! So is this a sad story? Not really, because with age came if not wisdom, then something better -- empathy. And now each holiday season I happily relive that moment, thinking of the lady who undid a whole purse to give me the beads I loved, and the amazement of my parents when they realized how totally I believed, and celebrate the magic of holidays and their ability to bring back the past for an instant! I hope everyone has some of these time tripping memories this holiday season!

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Tue, 8th Dec '09 5:09 PM

Wonderful story.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Wed, 9th Dec '09 12:07 AM

If this doesn't take you to a cartoon of Santa, search for the "Off the Mark" cartoon for December 8, 2009.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Wed, 9th Dec '09 12:14 AM

Ooooh... Okay... Now I get it....

Summertime  (Level: 115.7 - Posts: 1123)
Wed, 9th Dec '09 6:51 AM

Thanks to my dad (he passed at 87 in 2007)...I have two funny holiday memories. I'll leave out the details, but trust me, two hilarious events.

All Christmas trees should be standing straight and tall in the tree holder...true? Well, one year, try as he did, Dad couldn't accomplish this, he was very frustrated to say the least. But, he came up with the perfect solution! He tied a piece of twine aound the tree trunk about 3/4 the way up...and hammered the twine to the wall! Gads...I'm cracking up just thinking about this again!!! Straightest standing tree we ever had!!

My mom (she passed at 78 in the year 2000) started a family tradition that I look back on fondly, although daunting at some times! Mom loved to go view the Christmas lights and the elaborate displays on the rooftops, as well as in and around the yards; the affluent areas always had phenomenal and awesome displays. Well, anyhoo, the first time we did this, my mom, dad, two sisters, my brother and I piled into the family's 1957 stationwagon and off we went. Oh, ha, ha...cracking up again! We passed by a yard, resplendent in lights with Christmas music playing, and the owner had all of the trees in the yard "flocked". My dad called out, in all seriousness, "look at all of those "frocked" trees." Ah, the birth of yet another family tradition...Dad's "frocked" trees.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 9th Dec '09 12:53 PM

Re: A Camaro for Christmas

John Schnatter founder of Papa Johns wanted to recover the 1971 Camaro that he sold to save his Dad's tavern. He offered $250,000 to whoever owned the car and $10,000 to the finder. Needless to say the current owner was willing to sell the car. The car can be seen in commercials for Papa Johns and the chain is selling a Hot Wheels version for the car to benefit Toys for Tots.

I figure my 70 1/2 Camaro RS was scrapped many years ago.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 7:30 PM

Regarding the wish(es) for a pony, I found this cartoon dated December 10. If it doesn't mention a pony, it has automatically updated.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Fri, 25th Dec '09 10:23 AM

Another pony cartoon. If viewed after Christmas Day, it will probably be updated automatically.

Sorry 'bout that.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 25th Dec '09 9:00 PM

Thank You Santa for the best Christmas I ever had. xo

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