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I am your Colletonian….Santa Claus

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This week’s Colletonian is someone that we all feel like we know, but, honestly, how many of us know where he came from? Every Christmas Eve millions of people are visited by a short, fat guy in a red suit. Where did he come from? Why does he do it? How does he accomplish this seemingly impossible task? They call him Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, St. Nicholas….. We see him in advertising, on television, in parades and in stores and shopping malls all over. Who is this guy and why does he have so many names?

The original St. Nicholas lived in southwestern Turkey in the fourth century. He was the Bishop of Myra and is credited with doing a number of miracles involving sailors and children. As a Saint, he was given a feast day, which was celebrated on December 6, after his death. Around the same time Pope Julius I decided to set a date on the calendar for the birth of Jesus, since the date is actually not known. He set the date at December 25.

A pagan midwinter festival had been celebrated during this time and Pope Julius I wished to make it a Christian holiday celebration. Eventually, St. Nicholas’s feast day became associated with December 25th. A tradition began that said St Nicholas visited homes during the night on Christmas Eve and the children began leaving apples, nuts, sweets and other items around the home to welcome him.

I enlisted the help of the Mailroom Elves to have Santa answer a few questions for me. First, I wanted to know if he had a name that he preferred to be called. “No. I answer to all of the names. People in different parts of the world call me different names and trust me, I know each and every child no matter what they call me,” said Santa. Next, a question that many of our schoolchildren wanted to know was what kind of machines do they use in Santa’s workshop? “We have become somewhat technologically advanced here in the North Pole. However, I still depend on my Elves to make most of the toys by hand,” said the Jolly old soul. When asked how much his sleigh weighs Santa gave an estimation. “If each child on my route receives two gifts each my sleigh weighs an estimated 321,000 tons. But don’t worry the Christmas magic the Elves sprinkle on the sleigh make is as light as a feather to fly,” said Santa. Santa travels around 75,000 miles on Christmas Eve and makes it to everyone’s house with ease. He also credits the Elves Christmas magic and strong healthy reindeer for helping him deliver all the presents to good boys and girls.

Santa Claus wants all the children of Colleton County to know he has made his list and checked it twice. He has been informed by the Elves who has been Naughty and who has been nice. He enjoys visiting Walterboro and wishes he could spend more time here. Homemade Christmas Cookies are his favorite and please don’t forget the milk. Go to bed early so he can leave you a surprise! Trust me, he knows if you are sleeping and he won’t come until you are!


Christie Slocum (107 Posts)