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Michael Rielly

My Life as Santa
by: Santa Laureate

They called me white trash, Boomer kid
I grew up following drilling rigs
I came from the wrong side of the tracks
Always fighting the pecking order
My older sister had my back

Dad worked on an oil rig
Mom cleaned houses for others
My sister and I were put in charge
Of my other sister and my brothers.

Momma did the best she could
Making potatoes and beans go far
While daddy spent most every night
Shooting pool in a local bar.

Christmas was a simple time
Pop corn garland on the tree
There we no Christmas stockings
Or special gifts for me.

If Santa found our house at all
I usually got underwear
Was not what I asked for
At the time I wondered if HE cared

One year I finally got a wagon
It was dented with a scratch here and there
I was so excited with Santa’s gift
You know I really didn’t care

One year my folks surprised us kids
With a trip beyond their means
We went to Santa Claus Land Indiana
This exceeded all our dreams.

There before my very eyes
Yes, bigger than life itself
Was a smiling, loving man in RED
It was Santa Claus HIMSELF.

We rode behind him on the train
My life was filled with glee
My parents even let me sit
Upon this Santa’s knee

I trusted him with all my heart
I asked him for an electric train
That Christmas He actually delivered one
A miracle I could not explain

Over the years my memory faded
So did this Santa from my past
I still have the train and treasure it
I made sure that it would last

Then I became a parent
Christmas got all messed up I my head
My kids were given everything they wanted
It was about getting things instead

My kids grew up and moved away
Cancer took my wife
I was filled with rage and anger
It controlled my life.

One Christmas not so long ago
A gentle lady gave me a gift quit shocking
Knitted out of wool and filled with gifts
My very first CHRISTMAS STOCKING

Like the Grinch my heart melted
My eyes filled up with tears
This act of selfless giving
Erased the hurt from all these years

The true spirit of Christmas filled my heart
It really made me pause
That’s when I think I started on the road
Of becoming Santa Claus

This lady said “we have to do this right “
So before you even start.
Off to C.W.Howard School you go
That’s where I found my heart

One day I sat next to her
In a auditorium filled with men like me
Phil Wenz had put together
A film of Santa History

All at once my emotions welled
For riding on a train
Was the Santa from my past
JIM YELLIG was his name

I feel he planted in my heart that day
The Spirit of Christmas love
It was guarded and protected until needed
By our father from up above

It now grows and flourishes
As I humbly try do my part
To be the best Santa I can be
And protect each child’s heart

So every time I don the RED SUIT
I say a little prayer
“Dear God let me be like ST Nicholas
Let them feel your presence there”

I know I’ll never be the Perfect Santa
I hope someday they will say
He lived the Spirit of Christmas
EACH and EVERY day.
Gods Blessings and Merry Christmas

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KKringle

Absolutely beautiful and so well stated. It speaks to all of us. Thanks, Mike for posting this.

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Elf Without Jingles

Thanks for writing this wonderful poem, Santa Laureate! Hey, can we share this with everyone over at the KringleQuest Group on Facebook? I think a lot of our members there are gonna burst into tears once they've read that.

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Santa Marty

Very touching.

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JewishSanta

Thank you for sharing this heartfelt poem.

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Kevin Fast

Thanks

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Santa Laureate

Most of my poems can be used. Very few are copyrighted by card companies. This one is not.

                                                               Here is an impromptu

I do not write for money

I write because of the way I am

It is good therapy for me.

I am just a simple man

 

Poems fill my thoughts

Most each and every day

Sometimes I write them down too

I am glad that they are enjoyed

By folks just like you.

 

 

Bestemor Claus  composed this as I told it.She can write poetry also. Yes,  I said it at the Claus Fest 2014 but it was a TEAM effort.

Edited by Santa Laureate
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Santa Bruce Geron

Thank you!

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Ol Santa

Thank you so much Michael Riley...

        ...Ol' Santa here.   All I can say is simply beautiful!   It says exactly how I feel when I'm in my Santa chair at the Shopping Center

with a youngster sitting in my lap...especially the last 4 - 5 verses.   Yep, Elf without Jingles was right too...it does sort of choke a guy

up! 

 

Thanks again,

 

Ol' Santa

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Ricky Claus

That is awesome Michael.

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Santa Johnathan

Thank you Santa Laureate for writing and Michael for posting...it's quite touching.

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Morgan Putnam

Thanks for writing this wonderful poem, Santa Laureate! Hey, can we share this with everyone over at the KringleQuest Group on Facebook? I think a lot of our members there are gonna burst into tears once they've read that.

 

I did...

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