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Kriss Kringle

A Christmas Wish

December 29, 2009

by John Beaudoin,

Lees Summit Journal

Excerpt:

Catching Santa put gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve is a dream most kids never get to realize.

For 4-year-old Brooklynn Eastland, it was an event she will never forget.

Thanks to the Dream Factory and his own generosity, Santa Claus made a special stop in Lee’s Summit late Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to Brooklynn – a dynamic and special little girl who hasn’t caught a lot of breaks in life.

Brooklynn was diagnosed early in life with multiple diseases that are slowly deteriorating her brain and brain matter.

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But while temperatures dropped, the wind-chill dipped below zero and sleet pelted the city, at least one tiny area of Lee’s Summit was warm with love and laughter as Santa arrived, just as he had promised Brooklynn he would do when they met a month ago.

And for at least an hour, all of Brooklynn’s medical tribulations were gone and the sweet child – whom doctors said may not live to be 5 – got to hug Santa Claus, open some gifts and just be a kid.

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Fighting whipping north winds and plunging temperatures, Santa Claus found his way to Brooklynn and Jaklynn’s duplex around 9 p.m. on the night before Christmas.

Santa slowly made the trek to the front door and then up the stairs to the living room. He sat on the couch, placed his large brown bag of toys on the floor and went to ring the bell on the tree.

His presence in the home seemed magical. It was something Brooklynn spent every night thinking about.

Dressed in her pajamas and unfettered by her condition, her helmet or any other curve life has thrown her way, Brooklynn came darting from her room, rounded the corner into the living room and hugged Santa as he knelt on the floor.

She looked up at him, turned around and looked at her mom, and could barely contain her exhilaration. “I knew you were coming,” she said. “I knew it, I knew it.”

One by one, Santa took the gifts from his bag and handed them to Brooklynn. The sheer joy of the moment was overwhelming. Jaklynn could do nothing but stand in the kitchen and watch.

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“I love you, Santa,” she would tell him.

As Santa gathered up his things, he left Brooklynn with a special key so that he can come by each Christmas and bring her gifts.

“I love you too, dear,” he said.

Jaklynn held her extraordinary daughter – her daughter that she says has a magnetic force – and both waved goodbye to Santa Claus as he left their home.

It was truly a Brooklynn Christmas – one that was long overdue.

SOURCE: http://www.lsjournal...tory/41931.html

Edited by Santa Edson
Just to add the Headline on the story

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Felix Estridge

Wow, Kriss! That is great!

This sounds very similar to one of my Christmas Eve visits, just for a different reason. It is truly humbling and I can easily understand why the Grinch's heart grew like it did in Dr. Seuss' story.

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Eileen Strom

Something very wonderful to hold in your heart for a lifetime -- This is what being Santa is truly about.

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Santa Everett

A magical event that you will long cherish and remember.

How did you restrain your emotions?

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Kriss Kringle

A magical event that you will long cherish and remember.

How did you restrain your emotions?

It wasn't easy by any means, but I knew I had to make this a magical, special event for this little angel -- no tears on her special night. Yesterday, when the story came out in the paper, my emotions caught up with me then.

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Carlo Klemm

Good job Kriss! Great story! Makes this "job" of ours all that more worthwhile.

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JohnR Santa

Great job Chris. I understand the emotions of the evening. You have to be strong for the children and families. We get to deal with it later. Hope to see you in January.

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Santa Jim Lellman

A powerful story, showing what joy Santa can bring.

You are an inspiration to all us new Santas.

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