Secret Giver of Gifts

Though I posted this almost one year ago, I keep returning to it. Thought you might want to as well. Peace and joy be with you.


Snow quietly drifted earthward as baking scents wafted through the house and Christmas lights sparkled from the living room. The spirit of the season has settled upon me at last. And today I was reminded of a time when our youngest asked, “Mom, are you Santa?”


He’d held onto the belief for far longer than any of his classmates. And for that reason, I too, couldn’t let go. And so that day long ago, as we drove along I reminded him that though the shopping mall Santas were not real, we’d had several encounters that made believers out of all of us.

The first occurred over thirty years ago when I taught English in Franklin, New Hampshire. Across the hall from my classroom was a special education class. And fourteen-year-old Mikey, a student in that class, LOVED Santa.

Each year the bread deliveryman dressed in the famous red costume when he…

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4 thoughts on “Secret Giver of Gifts

  1. Charming! Merry Christmas to you and all Maine’s good people, Leigh! We still cherish memories of our time there, tho’ I’ll admit to enjoying the milder climate of Long Island, NY these days! We too have our first snows…

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