Santa's Visit

11/19/2013 12:15:00 PM

Tags: Winter, Snow, Skis, Children, Santa, Fun, Homemade, Candy, Skiing, D.J. Glawson

DJMore snow up here where I live, and I remember growing up and walking to school with my heavy old snow boots and a coat that was a couple of sizes too big so I could grow into it, and the ever present mittens. I still hate mittens! We would carry our good shoes to school with us and change into them once we were in the classroom. I didn’t like doing that so I got to the point that I would change my shoes just before I ran out the door and leave the boots setting beside the front door. My feet were always so cold by the time I got to school they would ache, and I always got in trouble when I got home, but neither one of those occurrences ever stopped me. Part of being a kid, I guess.

Homemade skis in snow

The picture with this blog is a picture of my older cousin, Jimmy, when he was little on a pair of skis made for him out of old barrel staves. He was so proud of those skis. It didn’t seem to bother him that they weren’t bought brand new. To him they were new because he had never had them before. His younger brothers and sisters probably used them as they grew up, too. And they all learned how to ski without all the expense of the modern ski lifts, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but some people just didn’t have the money to spend like that. And some still don’t.

I think back on things like that now, and it amazes me just how much things have changed. Some of those changes are definitely for the better, but I also feel that maybe we have lost a lot by not allowing our children to do some of the things we did as children. How many children now have homemade skis? Or sleds? I was always so happy when I accomplished something. And I still am. But every time I saw something on television, or in the local newspaper ads, I wondered how I could make it for less. And I still do. I guess being brought up in a frugal household was a big aid there.

With Christmas almost upon us again, I also remember the days when we didn’t go see Santa in the mall. Santa came to us. We would stand outside in the cold on the sidewalk listening for the sounds of the his sleigh bells. And sure enough, he would be there right on time. He didn’t have reindeer, but he was in a sleigh with a horse pulling it through the streets. Most of the time we always had some snow before Christmas, so there wasn’t a problem with that. On the one occasion that I can remember when we didn’t have snow, they rigged wheels up behind the rails on the sleigh and the horse pulled him through the streets that way. It was the best time. He would do the HO-HO-HO thing and throw candy out to the children. There weren’t a lot of children on my street, but there were plenty of kids in other areas. I thought Santa visited everybody! I was talking about it one time a couple of months ago and found out Santa didn’t visit everybody. He didn’t even visit everybody in Idaho! I guess I was very special. I got to see Santa in his sleigh before I got too old to learn Santa isn’t real.

But, I think I am going to continue believing in Santa. You have to have something now and then that’s fun to believe in, and Santa making a visit to my little town in Idaho was very special to me.



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NebraskaDave
11/24/2013 9:44:53 AM
D.J., we received our first snow just days ago and just a light cover still remains telling us that the year is winding down with two festive holidays are just ahead. Most kids of today are indeed missing out of the creative country life that made simple things such a joy in life. Much of that ingenuity was passed down to me from my Dad. The home made rubber band gun and the home made stilts were two of the lasting things I remember. We didn't really get visits from Santa or go to the Mall because there were no Malls yet when my belief of Santa was real. In my town the favorite thing to do was to walk down the main street and look at all the Christmas window displays which were quite amazing for a young boy. My best memory of a Santa gift was a transistor radio. The radio is long gone but I still have the box it came in to store other treasures. Thanks for jogging those great holiday memories. ***** Have a great childhood holiday memory day.

Mary
11/20/2013 11:48:16 AM
Good memory! Mary



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