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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Storytelling Sundays - Santa's Helpers

My dad has always enjoyed playing 'Santa Claus'. As long as I can remember, he was 'Santa' for Sunday School parties, Playgroup parties...you name it, when any of our Church organisations needed a Santa dad was their first choice.


It was also customary for him to 'disappear'  for a while after Christmas Dinner...and for Santa to arrive with some forgotten gifts for everyone who was in attendance.


In 1992, when Stuart was seven he 'twigged' that the Sunday School party Santa sounded just like his Grandad. Nothing any of us could say could convince him otherwise, and he was really convinced that  there was no Santa!


 We had to explain that  Santa is very busy over the Christmas period, trying to sort out the presents etc. and really didn't have time to personally get to all the parties that were going on during this time. He had, therefore, organised a group of 'helpers' who attended all the parties etc. on his behalf, which  Stuart was a bit suspicious about!


Fortunately, DH is always full of bright ideas when it comes to such things and a special letter (and Santa hat) appeared in Stuart's stocking  on Christmas morning, confirming the 'helper' theory and requesting that Stuart himself become a helper...but that, naturally, it was a secret he must keep from his little sister and cousins!


He was so excited all day, and couldn't wait for the moment when he went to help turn Grandad into one of Santa's helpers. He just couldn't believe that he was 'in' on Santa's big secret, and grinned from ear-to-ear as he helped hand out the presents!

Result?.....one happy boy who still believed!

This post has come to you as part of 'Sian's Storytelling Sunday' and if you go over to her   BLOG you will find more stories from a variety of wonderful storytellers.

Happy New Year to you all....I hope 2012 brings you peace and happiness......and lots of blogging!

Thanks for dropping by!
take care of you
Alison xxx 







40 comments:

  1. A lovely christmas story,Alison.

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  2. Such a lovely way to confirm that Santa is real

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  3. What a wonderful, heart warming story Alison. Perfect xx

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  4. Alison, this is such a lovely, lovely story. It has put a smile on my face. It's just the kind of magic I enjoy.

    A Happy New year to you - I hope it includes lots of blogging and creating for you too. Thank you for joining in again in 2012!

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  5. what a lovely story Alison, I look forward to reading more over the next year x

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  6. How I smiled when I read this story! We still do the whole 'Santa popping in on his way back to the North Pole with some extra presents' thing. The men in the family take it in turns to be Santa. One year my son asked if he could be Santa's elf - how I wish I could find a copy of the photo of him in green tights!
    The Santa suit is back up in our loft now ready for next year.

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  7. What a wonderful story. I can just imagine how excited Stuart must have been to be a helper, what a wonderful memory.We do the Santa coming back in the afternoon with some presents he has forgotten and my hubbie is Santa - the younger children in the family still think it is him, although Olivia (9) did ask why Santa was wearing Uncle Hugh's shoes!

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  8. Love that story and does Stuart continue to be one of Santa's helpers?

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  9. Oh what a fabulous way of continuing the belief!

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  10. What a wonderful story, and a great way to keep the magic going!

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  11. This is a wonderful story, and a great idea for keeping the magic of Christmas alive! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Happy New Year!

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  12. This is a lovely heartwarming story. So pleased Stuart became Santa's little helper thus helping him to 'believe' for a while longer. Great thinking on your husband's part in how to involve Stuart too.
    Happy New Year to you all.

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  13. What a fantastic story! A very clever approach from your husband, and I can just image how Stuart felt.
    Rinda

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  14. Such a lovely story and such a lovely memory to have of Stuart. Happy New Year Alison.

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  15. Beautiful story Alison :) A great thought by your husband to turn this around for Stuart, I really enjoyed reading it.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  16. Oh what a lovely story - and such a good idea too.

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  17. I can totally relate to Stuart's feelings, well done for keeping them going!

    Happy New Year x

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  18. Love, love, love this story!

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  19. That's a brilliant way to keep the magic going, I love it!

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  20. What a wonderful, happy story, thank you for sharing this and brightening my day.

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  21. Happy New Year!!! What a great story.

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  22. This is a super story. It makes me smile. It's so special to be in on a secret. Happy New Year!

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  23. What a wonderful story Alison. I can just imagine how he excited he must have been. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog this year. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

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  24. That is a really lovely story Alison x

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  25. A lovely lovely story Alison xx Happy New Year xx

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  26. Aawww bless. What a perfect story for this time of the year.

    Wishing you a fabulous new year. May 2012 bring you all the happiness

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  27. How sweet! Santa needs all the helpers he can get!

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  28. What a lovely memory Alison & such a great way to turn Stuart into a "helper" himself - I love it!!

    I'm catching up today as we just returned from a seven-day cruise! :>) Your Christmas table was gorgeous - so glad y'all had a great day. Hope you are enjoying your trip!

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  29. What a beautiful story Alison, Stuart must have felt so special, well done DH for keeping the magic a little longer. :)

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  30. How exciting to have the special honor of helping Santa, I'm sure Stuart was aglow for days :)

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  31. What a beautiful story Alison - and well done you for keeping the tale going!

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  32. What a sweet story! How old is your little guy now?

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  33. What a gorgeous story...my eldest has just figured that the 'spirit' of Christmas is still alive even if Santa isn't but my youngest left Santa a note this Christmas and had a reply :)

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  34. Your Storytelling Sunday put a big smile on my face! I loved reading how your DH managed to "save" Santa! :) Have a lovely New Year filled with joy, good health and creativity!

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  35. What a wonderful heartwarming story. I am so glad that the end result is a little boy who believed for even just a bit longer...

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  36. I'm new to your blog, and I have to say, I JUST WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT SPAIN! hehe, just kidding with the capital shouting letters, but I lived in Madrid for a short time and had a rush of memories when I opened your page.
    Cheers!
    Meri
    http://merigoesround.com

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  37. What a charming way to help him keep believing - Santa himself couldn't have done it better.

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  38. Loved your post Alison!!
    One happy little boy who still believes in the magic of Christmas.
    Happy New year to you all.
    Hugs
    Tracy
    xxx

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  39. I'm very late catching up with the Sunday Storytelling excitement (and missed telling my own) and I have to say that THIS one is quite simply the BEST one - so funny, touching and perfect!

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  40. Well, I'm a little late to the party here, but I wanted to say what a cute story this is! :o)

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