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Carol Perkins: Santa Stories

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By Carol Perkins

Santa stories are good ones. They are filled with magic and suspense just as a good mystery would be. Over the years, I heard some good ones and told a few. Those who didn't want their children to believe in this magical creature don't have our stories to tell. We'll share with them.

I had a hard time living in a house with no chimney. How in the world was Santa going to get my gifts in the house? Was he coming through the front door? That would be possible since we never locked them, but he wasn't supposed to come in like an average person. He was to fall down the chimney with a bag of gifts and then lay his finger "aside of his nose," and up the chimney he rose. Only there was no chimney. When my parents built our home, they left out one crucial essential. A fireplace!

They were very clever, however. Santa came through the stovepipe and out the woodstove. Yes, I fell for that one. After much thought about it and visualizing poor Santa coming through the soot and ashes, I was concluding that this was a Santa "tale" to throw me off, but then a miracle happened.



One Christmas morning that will forever be a perfect memory of the effort my parents went through to keep us in the spirit, my brother and I dashed into the living room and saw the biggest mess imaginable. Chairs were flipped, ashes spilled on the floor, "Santa" tracks led to the tree, and the stove door left wide open-we were spellbound. No human would have left such a mess on Christmas morning, so Santa had to have been the one. We made our way to the tree, leaving our parents to clean up the mess, and then spent several more years in this wonderful fantasy.

In our book, Winter Tales, available at ESB in Glasgow and all around Metcalfe County as well as on Amazon (note: CM affiliate link), we reveal many stories (based on interviews) about Santa and who told what to whom. We heard about tricks kids pulled trying to trap their parents, parents outwitting their kids, and the school kids who couldn't keep their mouths shut even though they were warned never to spoil the magic for anyone else. Older brothers told young siblings and even a teacher took it upon herself to "clear the air" about Santa. We tell about Santa's helpers coming to church and passing out gifts and about gifts that never arrived. Winter Tales is a happy book that is a perfect Christmas gift for all families if you love winter and Christmas magic. Santa stories are some of the best ever told.


Follow Susan and Carol-Unscripted on 99.1 the Hoss in Edmonton on Tuesdays from 10amCT to 11amCT and replay on Sundays from 4pmCT to 5pmCT. Listen to Carol's podcast at spreaker.com/user/carolandcompany for entertaining stories and a replay of Susan and Carol-Unscripted.


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