In anticipation of the very magical time of the year, a youngster poetically articulates in writing exactly what she would like for Christmas, pleading her case as to why she overwhelmingly deserves everything where she actually is asking. Then, using the greatest of care, she places her magical letter into an envelope, writes “To Santa Claus” around the face, attaches the postage stamp Mom gave her to make use of, and carries it to the mailbox. Then, needless to say, the mail carrier grabs the letter and off it goes.
Well, to little Abigail who wrote the letter, there is absolutely no question with regards to the location where the letters from santa is heading…Santa Claus, naturally. But would you be surprised if I told you that little Abigail is probably exactly right?
It absolutely was 1852 along with the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded. Being that this whole town was present, it was actually a fun time to carry the very last town meeting of year. You see, for a long time, this small town in Spencer County of southern Indiana, founded from the late 1840’s, had been referred to as “nameless town.” It was simply because the settlers, of mostly German descent, could not decide on a name.
All were gathered around the pot-bellied stove, like the children…although quiet and never really participating, were contained in the most critical town meetings. As the frustrating discussion of naming the area continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors of the small log church, and yes it was the adults who fell silent since the youngsters came to life. By using a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard from the picture-framed doorway. It had been then your children, almost in a single, simultaneous voice exclaimed, “Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus!”
It had been so…one Christmas Eve, over 150 yrs ago, the little nameless town finally got its name. Santa Claus, Indiana because it is still named to the day.
As you may have guessed, this small city of just over 2,000 residents is all about Christmas. In the town’s name for the names around the street signs, and also witnessing the town’s village décor, the holiday spirit year-round is extremely evident.
Each Christmas season, tens of thousands of letters get through to the town’s small post office. Actually, this post office handles more mail, frequently over, throughout the holidays personal1zed it can do other months combined! These letters, often inscribed in crayon although with the maximum sincerity, have only one name addressed in the envelope’s face. Yeah, you guessed it…Santa Claus.
So, this holidays when your child or grandchild asks you for the postage stamp in order to mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, you can honestly agree that the letters will probably find its intended destination…