When I was little, little, before the time of younger brother and sisters, I asked some really silly questions.
When Mama started teaching me the “alphabet,” (a new word in my vocabulary) I asked her if they left any letters out of it.
I have to give her points. She didn’t laugh. She just answered, “I don’t think so.”
One day after church, I asked her where God came from. (Isn’t it cool the way kids always ask Mama the easy stuff?)
She answered, “He didn’t come from anywhere. He’s always been here. He made the world and everything in it.”
And when I asked her where Santa came from, she had the answer.
I don’t remember if the answer was in a book she read to me or if it was something she made up. I seem to remember colorful pictures, but there are a lot of Christmas books in my past. 😉
Here’s what she told me: (At least, this is the way I remember it, and probably what I told my kids.)
Once upon a time there was a man named Kris Kringle. He and his wife really loved kids.
Mr. and Mrs. Kringle didn’t have children of their own, so they prayed and prayed for one. While they waited for God to answer their prayer, Mr. Kringle made toys while Mrs. Kringle baked cookies and made candy that came to their shop.
Once a year, to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Kringles gave a toy to every child in the town.
Mr. and Mrs. Kringle grew very old and never had any children, and one day they died. When they got to Heaven, God said, “You’ve been so good, I’m going to make you a saint. What would you like your eternal reward to be??”
Mr. and Mrs. Kringle didn’t hesitate. “We want to be with the children.”
So God made Kris “Saint Nicholas.” St. Nick and his wife continue to make toys, and every year, to celebrate the birth of Christ, he gives a toy to every child in the whole world.
That’s what Mama told her children. Or at least, that’s what she told this child.
What did your mama tell you?