December 14, 2006
EDM #97 Past Christmas Present
Many years ago (1984?) I spotted this hand carved wooden Santa/sleigh and reindeer in a Christmas shop - It was quite expensive and as a young mother with a young, struggling family - Way out of my price range. My mother was shopping with me and on an even tighter budget than I (as an older single woman struggling with New England oil bills, etc). She noted how "my eyes lit up at the sight of that quaint Santa". He appeared under my tree wrapped with a modest bow that year. Every year since he comes out for our Christmas holiday. My children remember him well and recount how they broke the antlers several times ;-). My mother is gone now and left me very few bits of memorabilia, BUT when I bring out this winsome guy, she is with us again.