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Minnesota Musing: Santa - How Does He Get Down a Hot Chimney
The Christmas Spirit is Real
To be asked how Santa gets through the fireplace to bring presents is a question that requires a little thought.
After all. Christmas is about Santa bringing presents to people with his sleigh and reindeer and comes down the chimney, eats a plateful of cookies, drinks his milk and departs. He brings these presents to people all over the world.
The Story and the Spirit of Christmas
You know, the question is presented from a five year olds standpoint. You and I both realize that the actual Santa person does not exist, but the spirit of Christmas is what possesses people to stop and buy gifts for their family members and present them, as a surprise, as a wrapped gift under a brightly adorned tree that is decorated with lights, ornaments and tinsel.
Oh, and do not forget the angel or the star that is on the top.
The Christmas Tree
The actual Christmas tree is usually a pine tree. Some like to chop down an actual tree and decorate it. The real tree is usually set on a blanket to catch the needles from the branches. Needles make a real mess as the water level in the tree decreases. Pine needles are very sharp and it is important to keep them confined to the area under the tree.
Actually, we have had years where we had a paper tree and taped flat presents to the bottom of the tree. The tree actually had IOU's taped to the bottom. These were years that we were short on money at Christmas and promised that the gifts would arrive later.
Most houses have a chimney. Our chimney is 30 feet tall. There is a sharp, steep roof. Certainly no flat spot to park a sleigh.
Chimneys are hot. Ours is, anyways. Since there is a fire down below, Santa must need a fire proof suit. Not to mention, ashes are black and they'd stick to his boots. So, he must have to tiptoe across the floor, which explains all the little black circles on the floor next to the tree.
Cookies and Milk
Santa, according to stories, likes to eat cookies and milk.
A Christmas Miracle
One of our children produced this child that is asking the question.
Well. From actual experience, I remember one year I was at a department store and was waiting in line to exchange a present that was the wrong size or of some consequence. It had initially come from the store.
I had my 8 year old with me, so this is a number of years ago, as she is 27 now. I was waiting in line to return or exchange and she gets that look on her face and says, "Hey, wait a minute. That gift was from Santa. You are Santa Claus!!!!" at which point I looked at her, looked around, squatted down and said, "Shhhh. Nobody around us knows that, and I was up all night."
Which, was not a lie. Was technically true, and she was correct.
When I Was a Kid
I can remember certain years of being aware of Christmas. Not always good memories.
I can recall one year getting a talking doll with a string. The string lasted about five minutes before one of my sisters had the string yanked out of the hole. I still have the doll, some 50 years later. It serves as a reminder that the memory was a valid one.
One Christmas Eve, my grandfather died. That was a somber Christmas.
That Chimney Issue
We are not very concerned with the actual facts of the matter. Chances are, Santa will never - in a million years - get burned by a chimney.
[This is where we giggle softly with each other!]
Isn't that a relief? Years and years of children questioning the logistics of the actual transmission and it turns out that they had nothing to worry about.
They are just worried about their presents making it down a hot chimney and that is a very valid concern.
Don't you agree?