Santa Claus is coming to town

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, is a great Christmas carol that was first heard on a radio broadcast in 1934.
As the song says, you better watch out, you better not cry. He’s knows if you’ve been bad or good, and you know he’s watching whether you’re awake or asleep.
Outside of Christmas Eve, I don’t know when Santa could ever be busier. He managed to make parades in Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Winnipeg last weekend.
Since he’s “making his list” at this time of year, I guess that is part of his visit to various communities.
This coming weekend, the jolly old elf will make appearances in International Falls and Fort Frances. Then next weekend, he will make appearances almost simultaneously in both Emo and Rainy River.
And he will be spotted throughout communities almost continually in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Not even science fiction could dream up his abilities.
He is truly a time traveller being able to be in so many places at once.
Every community is seeking his talents at this time of year, and the fact that Santa manages to make all those appearances and keep up his health truly amazes me.
And he can be microscopic slipping through keyholes in doors, and sliding down chimneys without catching any soot on his bright red coat.
“Star Trek” must have stolen the idea of the “transporter” from Santa because he has been able to move through windows and doors silently for centuries.
I have a tie fetish. And one of my Christmas ties shows Santa and Mrs. Claus relaxing on a beach with the reindeer flying overhead and Santa exclaiming “Not Again!”
I doubt that is the case. He just is too much of a star and people person not to be front and centre when he can be there. It started me thinking about what are the true attributes of Santa.
From the beginning, Santa has had that magical, mystical quality. He is a philanthropist distributing wealth and good wishes. He can’t age. Is someone ready to accept help and assistance wherever it could be found for the good of the world.
The jolly old elf, although he spends much of his efforts on a Christian celebration, opens his arms to all faiths by encouraging giving and sharing.
And although the song says “He has no time to play,” even though all these stops and visits are work, for everyone else the joy and fun and play he brings makes us all feel like children again.
And a job really isn’t a job if you have fun playing at it.

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