Santa Claus Magic? BELIEVE….


I’m running 25 minutes late to meet a dear friend for a tiny bit of Christmas shopping.  I’ve made a wrong turn that’s taken 15 minutes to redeem and then hit the extra holiday traffic. Gah!

As I bolt from my car, I stuff the Santa Hat on my head.  Despite the fact that I’ve been wondering for the past few days whether I should bother.  Wondering whether it matters at all.

When I finally reach for the door to enter the store and greet my friend, I hear a woman behind me exclaim, “It’s one of Santa’s helpers, one of his elves!”  For a split second, I look around for an elf, until I realize the lady is talking to her wee son about me.

He is probably 4 years old.  He stands agape for a moment.  Transfixed by the notion that he is two feet from magic.  His eyes gleam with that delicious childlike mixture of possibility, hope, wonder and delight.

I’ve seen that look before.  I’ve worn that look before.  That look hushes the hustle and bustle and suspends us in an infinite moment of transcendence. It is magic.

His mother explains a bit bashfully that her little boy thought I was Santa Claus when he saw me from behind.  He just wanted to say hello, so they had followed me into the shop.  Although she reiterates that I am merely an elf, her sidekick couldn’t care less about my lesser stature.  He’s struck magic gold out here running errands with his mother in the suburban mall– a free agent Santa!

My young friend then bursts into rapid-fire joy: pointing out his sticker, ripping it off his clothing to offer it for inspection, grinning from ear to ear as he tells me about his favorite jam and how excited he is about Christmas.  A few salespeople have gathered around to witness appreciatively this impromptu tableau of warmth and light.

The mom starts gently pulling the small, enchanting guy away, as we all exchange wishes of Merry Christmas, along with a heap of smiles. As he slips out the door with his mother, neck craning to get a last good look, I hear myself whispering silently to him: “BELIEVE!” Or perhaps it is I hearing him say it to me…..Either way, it matters.


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23 Responses to Santa Claus Magic? BELIEVE….

  1. Thank you – a little Christmas magic was really needed. Susan x

  2. heh, i like that i can live vicariously through your joyful Santa exploits, spread the Joy Chloe!

    • SirenaTales says:

      It warms my heart to have you along for the ride, my friend…always love hearing from you! Thanks for the kind wishes. Here’s hoping all of your projects are moving along well. MERRY, MERRY! And love

  3. kanzensakura says:

    Yes….Believe. I love this story. I am going to reblog on my site. Thank you, Thank you.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank YOU so much for your support! It means so much to me–true inspiration! Shine on! Xxo p.s. I was moved to tears by your vivid and heartwarming memoir about your dear family friends, sweet potato pie and LOVE. I tried to comment, but your blog said that comments were closed….thank you for that lovely gift.

  4. kanzensakura says:

    Reblogged this on kanzen sakura and commented:
    I hope this makes you grin as hugely as it did me. I hope it warms your heart and that you BELIEVE!!!!

  5. Thank you, ST — for sharing what matters. xoxo

  6. JennyO says:

    Oh thank you!! I needed to have my heart grow today ❤ Merry Christmas to a little magic

    • SirenaTales says:

      Your comment made me smile–thank you so much for reading and responding, JennyO. I am delighted if my post may have sparked some magic for you today. Warmest wishes for joy to you and yours, and Merry Christmas!

  7. Pam says:

    so sweet – may we all believe in the power of love given and recieved…

  8. Thank you for your magic this year! x

    • SirenaTales says:

      What a lovely comment, especially coming from your talented self, Michele! Thank you for your kind support and the beauty and power of your pen. Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

  9. BeWithUs says:

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

    All the best to you and your loved ones in year 2014.

    Cheers!! 😀

  10. Uncle Tree says:

    LoL! Great story. Love your honesty! 😉
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    ✟Peace always, Uncle Tree ▲

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to make this kind comment! I look forward to checking out your blog and wish you and yours Merry Christmas, as well.

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