In anticipation of the most magical time of the year, a youngster poetically articulates on paper exactly what she needs for Christmas, pleading her case as to why she overwhelmingly deserves everything in which she actually is asking. Then, with the greatest of care, she places her magical letter into an envelope, writes “To Santa Claus” on the face, attaches the postage stamp Mom gave her to use, and carries it on the mailbox. Then, needless to say, the mail carrier grabs the letter and off it is going.
Well, to little Abigail who wrote the letter, there is not any question regarding where the letters from santa is heading…Santa Claus, needless to say. But would you be surprised if I informed you that little Abigail is probably exactly right?
It was 1852 and the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded. Being that the whole town was present, it was actually a fun time to support the final town meeting of the season. You see, for several years, this small town in Spencer County of southern Indiana, founded within the late 1840’s, have been referred to as the “nameless town.” This was mainly because the settlers, of mostly German descent, could not decide on a name.
All were gathered around the pot-bellied stove, such as the children…although quiet and never really participating, were included in the most significant town meetings. Because the frustrating discussion of naming this town continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors of this small log church, and it also was the adults who fell silent as the youngsters stumbled on life. Using a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard through the picture-framed doorway. It was actually then the children, almost in one, simultaneous voice exclaimed, “Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus!”
It was actually so…one Christmas Eve, over 150 years ago, the little nameless town finally took its name. Santa Claus, Indiana since it is still named to this day.
As you may have guessed, this small city of just over 2,000 residents is centered on Christmas. From your town’s name to the names about the street signs, along with witnessing the town’s village décor, the holiday spirit year-round is incredibly evident.
Each and every Christmas season, large numbers of letters arrive at the town’s small post office. In reality, this post office handles more mail, many times over, in the holidays personal1zed it can do all of the other months combined! These letters, often inscribed in crayon but with the maximum sincerity, have but one name addressed on the envelope’s face. Yeah, you guessed it…Santa Claus.
So, this holidays as soon as your child or grandchild asks you for any postage stamp to enable them to mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, it is possible to honestly agree their letters will most likely find its intended destination…