Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Santa Claus Memories

Next weekend is Christmas weekend, so it is appropriate that Randy Seaver has issued this challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:
Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

Christmas 1953
1) Answer these questions:

a) Did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus?

Yes, I know I wrote at least one letter to Santa Claus. I have a memory of sitting at our kitchen counter in Passaic with Mom nearby, prompting me. It was most likely a “Dear Santa, I would like . . . ” followed by a short list of wish items. I don’t remember ever mailing it and I imagine that Mom retrieved my letter when I finished. Whether or not she ever mailed it to Santa at the North Pole, I don’t remember if I ever knew. I was probably 6 or 7 years old because once I was older than that, I knew all about Santa Claus.

b) Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?”

Yes, I visited Santa multiple times growing up and I still have the photos. They were all taken downtown in Passaic and, much to my surprise, Santa was the same man each year. He must have done a really good job to be repeatedly given the job. I don’t ever remember bringing a list with me, though, just telling Santa the few things I wanted most for Christmas.
c) Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
Definitely. Santa doesn’t visit anyone in our house who doesn’t believe!
d) When did you find out “the truth” about Santa Claus?
It was somewhere between my 7th and 8th Christmases. Some nasty kid told me there was no Santa and when I asked Mom if that was true, I was told in no uncertain terms not to say a word to my little brother! And I didn’t because, remember, Santa didn’t visit anyone in my family who didn’t believe!
Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge and Merry Christmas to everyone.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Santa Claus Memories”

  1. You have wonderful memories of Santa. Such a cute photo, too. I skipped the meme this week. I would have answered no to everything and it seems pointless to have a post like that. I have no photo of Santa, though I have photos of my children with him.

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