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A VISIT TO ST. NICK

Updated on December 25, 2011

I have a notion to write a childhood Christmas memory as a hub so here goes.

I only remember going to see Santa once in my life. I may have been taken, as an infant but don't remember. I sure remember towards the beginning of Christmas break in the first grade in Miss Doris Hull's class at Sanford Grade School. All of us first graders had worked to decorate our first classroom to the nines for Christmas and it sparkled.

My dad was picking me up after school to take me to Cooey Bentz for the big visit. I was breathless with the wonderful anticipation such a visit elicits in childhood. I don't remember being in Cooey Bentz before that evening or since but it was a magical Christmas Land that December evening in 1952. The scene in “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie and his little brother go to see Santa always puts me in mind of my visit to St. Nick.

We went in and took the elevator to the top floor. When what to my wondering eyes did appear but the most magnificent display of electric trains I had ever seen in my six plus years of life. Santa who??? I want to watch the trains. Dad allowed my fantasy for about 15 minutes of my preview of heaven and then it was off to see Santa. Ah, I remember, that Santa.

I didn't pass out or black out but I'm not sure what I asked for because my brain was overloaded with trains and I knew we had one already at home and no more would be forthcoming and that was that. It was a great adventure shared between a boy and his dad.

This, 2011, has been a very different year in my life and I’m grateful for still being around to live it. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of you and may God bless you every one.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jake,

      Sounds like Nirvanna. Thanks for the read and comment.

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      Jake 5 years ago

      Tom,

      A friend's father was a bigwig in Marx toys and the friend had every HO gauge train made by Marx. What a thrill to visit his basement and see three levels of trains running at the same time.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      drbj,

      One of my friends and colleagues that I worked with had a father who was a World Class hobbiest with his HO guage trains. His basement was Nirvana.

      Thank's for the comment.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      What sweet memories, Tom. Thanks for sharing them. We do have a lot in common. As a child, I always wanted a train set but never received one. Now when I go to the mall during the holiday season, if I have some extra time, I will sit on a bench and watch the marvelous display of toy trains.

      May you have a very happy, healthy New Year.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jim,

      I had a fairly calm and uneventful transition re: Santa. I still believe in the most important ways. Thanks for the comment and Seasons Greetings to you and your's.

      The Christmas Story 24 hour marathon was on TBS as usual Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.

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      Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      "A Christmas Story" was a great movie, and now that you mention it I did not see it again this year. What gives, hey? Like I said, it's a great movie.

      Funny thing...well, perhaps not so funny, was that I remember believing in St. Nick for quite some time. I must have been in the 3rd grade when I wound up ripping the glasses right off a girl's face on the playground because she swore up and down that Santa was but a mere fantasy. I of course disagreed, and things got heated, and off came the glasses.

      I don't know if that was the last year I believed. But I do recall thinking that Santa must have appreciated my going to his defense that year, because lo and behold the tree still found presents beneath it's branches on that Christmas. :)

      Have a prosperous New Year, and be it known, we're glad you can be here as well.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Clyde,

      Was a very non-violent kid. Thanks for the comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      patchofeath

      Thank you for the read and comment. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.

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      Clyde 5 years ago

      You should've punched Santa in the mouth.

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      patchofearth 5 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      This is a really great story and you tell it well. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Tom, This is a precious memory of yours and thanks for sharing it. Much love and happiness on this Christmas day.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      Ditto!!!! You are a beautiful PIP.

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      Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      RTalloni,

      Thanks for the read and comment. Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Love you Tom....

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      A great adventure for a boy and his dad...precious. Merry Christmas!