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    Mom whispers to Santa that son is ‘blind and autistic,’ and his response is amazing Inspired June 24, 2019 Excerpt: Santa Claus is the embodiment of Christmas cheer for many a young boy or girl. One eve each year, they willfully part with cookies and milk to pay tribute to him, whist dreaming of presents appearing magically under the tree while they sleep. Those children, if they are lucky, might even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap while Christmas shopping with Mom or Dad in a shopping mall. Of course, there’s no better time to deliver one’s Christmas wish list in person, ensuring no crisscrossed lines of communications when the big night finally comes. Mathew was one such boy whose interest in Santa brought him face to face with jolly Old Saint Nick while out with his mom one day. This would be no ordinary lap-sitting for Santa, though, as Mathew was somewhat different from other young boys: he was blind, and he was also autistic. Mathew’s blindness, of course, meant that he could not see the world or other people around him. Meanwhile, his autism meant that he had difficulty communicating or interacting socially with others—and this required some special treatment during his meeting with Santa. **** “I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa,’” Misty recalled afterward. “He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.” Santa knew that rather than asking Mathew to join him on his lap, the jolly, bearded man would have to join Mathew where he was comfortable, even if it meant sitting on the floor with him, and communicate in a way that he understood—not just with his voice but also through touch. Not only did Santa talk to Mathew for a long time, but he also let him feel his beard, hat, and soft red suit. [Santa] asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.) So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted. Santa treated Mathew like someone truly special. He also brought him over to pet a life-size reindeer prop surrounded by fake snow and other Christmas decorations. “It was great,” Misty wrote. “My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!” SOURCE
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    When my youngest daughter was 9, she wanted to videotape Santa delivering gifts. She set her little camera up and the old man made sure she got her video. Kept the magic alive for 4 more years.
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    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members! We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for July 2019 is Santa John Gable! Santa John Gable Featured ClausNet Member – July 2019 Profile: Santa John Gable Real Name: John Location: Lebanon PA USA ClausNet member since: April 9, 2009 Community Reputation (as of today): 459 – Exceptional! Facebook: LebanonPASanta This month's Featured Member is from Lebanon Pennsylvania. Santa John Gable joined the ClausNet family over 10 years ago and has been a key contributor to the site ever since. We caught up with Santa John a few days ago, and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Santa John Gable: "In 2005 at the age of 35, I asked my mom if she would make me a suit, with no real idea what I would do or where I would go. I ended up visiting homeless shelters and nursing homes with a hospice group that I volunteered with. Little did I know what lie ahead." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "When I first decided I wanted to do this, I googled, and the first (and most impressive) person I came across was Dutch Schrap. He is the person whose portrayal I admired the most, and he was pretty local to me. I contacted him, and he wrote back and was very encouraging and helpful. We have been (mostly online) friends ever since." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "I really enjoy using my social status to help do good for others. In years past I have collected gifts and necessities for several local families who were having a bad year. I have collected blankets, clothing, food and toys for a local homeless shelter. Last Christmas I started a music scholarship for the local high school, so that one student who is pursuing music as a career will have an extra $1000 to start them off right. I hope this will be a yearly thing. All of these things were made possible by donations from those who visit with me each year. I am simply the facilitator." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa John Gable: "It was early in my career when I was still a mall Santa. Two teenage boys approached, and I thought it was going to be trouble. However one of them pulled out a framed photo of their aunt, who had always brought them to visit Santa. Turns out she had passed away from cancer that year, and they wanted a photo of themselves and me, holding her picture. Still makes me tear up to think of it." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa John Gable: "I work at a place called Misty Run Tree Farm every year, and they have become like family to me. The same folks come back every year to get a tree, and take a free picture with Santa. It is relaxed, informal, and the place looks like something right out of a Hallmark movie. If they could just do something about the mud." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa John Gable: "I guess I dream small, because the local hometown holiday parade is it. I got to do it one year when the parade got rained out and their Santa couldn't make the rain date. I am told I am next in line if the current Santa ever cannot fulfill his duties." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa John Gable: "I am a married father of three kids, ages 15, 19, and 21. I work a full time job at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa John Gable: "I have been volunteering with the local high school music department for 9 years, ever since my oldest was in 8th grade. I have 2 years left, and I love helping them with marching band, concerts, spring musicals, and whatever else they need. It keeps me pretty busy before and after the holiday season." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa John Gable: "Purple." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Santa John Gable: "I love pizza, mashed potatoes, a good turkey dinner with all the sides. All things I am trying not to eat right now, as I am down almost 40 pounds since February. Santa still has to be healthy. That's what they make padding for, right?" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa John Gable: "Coke, if I am drinking soda." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa John Gable: "It's a toss up between chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa John Gable: "This is a tough one. I own hundreds. I like movies based in the past, like Memphis Belle or The Majestic." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa John Gable: "Another tough one, but I would have to say Miracle on 34th Street, both the 1947 version and the 1994 version." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa John Gable: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa John Gable: "I don't read many books I'm ashamed to say. I think the last was actually A Christmas Carol by Dickens." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa John Gable: "I still don't know what I would like to be when I grow up, and I am almost 50. I love doing anything that involves helping others. Unfortunately most of these jobs are volunteer or very low paying." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa John Gable: "Too many to list. I definitely couldn't handle being a surgeon, blood and guts don't sit well with me." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa John Gable: "Legos, Tonka trucks, Big Wheels, and when I got a little older, this electric (battery) experiment kit that came with lights and wires that you could connect to do all sorts of things." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa John Gable: "Oddly enough, I have no recollection of visiting Santa as a child. No pictures either. Strange then that I got into it as an adult" ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa John Gable: "I've been asked if I could cure a young girl's mom of a disease, cancer I think. I told her that Santa can't grant those kinds of wishes, but that I would be sure to say a prayer for her mom. That seemed to make her feel better and she went on with her visit. I'll never know what happened to her mom after that night." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "Single ladies, young and old, seem to think it's funny to ask for a man. I always laugh and tell them ‘I will do my best!’" ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa John Gable: "It was recommended to me by a fellow Santa!" ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa John Gable: "It is a wealth of knowledge, and most are willing to share what they have learned with new Santas." ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her? Santa John Gable: "See question number two." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa John Gable: "While it is important that your suit fits kind of well, and your beard is neat (no matter real or designer), what matters most is your heart. Care for the kids (and adults) and that's half the battle." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Santa John Gable: " No one Santa's portrayal is the ‘right’ one. Support each other, help each other, and care for those who support you. THAT makes a good Santa." Thank you John! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa John Gable, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for July 2019!
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    looks like the old man done good !!!
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    Version 1.0.1

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    Now in high-res PDF. Defaults to Letter-size, easily scaleable to A4 without much distortion, though. Prints 2 per page. Kids can sign on the "signature" line, Santa can sign on the "Merry Christmas!" line, and send it off with the kid as a souvenir/keepsake. (All elements used in this design are either public-domain, self-generated, or copyright-free)
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    From the album: Arbitrary Santaing

    New belt, new buckle, new suit! I've been a busy boy.
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    I remember my grandfather putting his tree into a bucket of wet sand. Add a tree skirt and you're done. Loved that guy. Ex Navy. Had been on the Arizona, not December 7th, but before that.
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    She told everyone and showed them the tape. It was quite a stir.
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    That is super cool! I can hear her nervous breathing and heartbeat - what an impression it must have made!
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    After many decades of putting up live Christmas trees and using various supplemental means of additional support such as wiring the tree to a hook in the ceiling. I found a tree stand that really works and I will be handing it down to my daughter. It's called a Krinner Tree Genie. It's expensive but it works. All I had to do is trim the trunk put the tree in the stand and step down on the pedal, the cables tighten, the claws dig in and the tree stands up. It has a large water reservoir and a gauge to show when the water is low. Best tree stand I ever used.
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    In my part of Northern California. Santa better not eat any cookies or you will find him sitting on your couch drinking all the egg nog and watch the yule log burn.
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    my company carries the Hemp from BlueBird - but I am sure there are other good brands out there - we did a lot of research and consulted with several nutritionists before we went with that brand - you can get cheaper, but I know this is pure and doesn't have the THC in it.....
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    There is a lot of research that is showing incredible benefit with use of the CBD oil - helping children with epileptic seizures and adults with Parkinsons tremors - but sadly too many are claiming need of those benefits and going for the cannabis (CBD and THC) to get the psychadellic effect - it creates a whole other level of issue - people end up feeling they need the "high" to get the benefit of the CBD and it gets abused very quickly now the issue is that the cheaper brands of CBD are not filtered and they are not purging the THC so you still have the issue of the psychadelic - without good regulation (which there is not) I fear you are going to see a lot of "legitimized" abuse very quickly . . .
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    Santa's going to have to be careful which cookies he eats when he's making deliveries to Canada on Christmas Eve.
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    From the album: Season and other stuff

    at the double r

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    Fair enough! Added a few more colour options, aside from the original burgundy.
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    Obsessed with Hallmark Christmas Movies? Now You Can Go to a Real-Life Christmas Camp for Grown-Ups by Megan Elliott - Showbiz Cheatsheet June 21, 2019 Excerpt: Do you live for Christmas? If you’re the type of person who puts up your tree before Thanksgiving and DVRs every single Hallmark Christmas movie, then you’re going to want to book a flight to Phoenix this December. That’s because screenwriter and author Karen Schaler is bringing her Christmas Camp story to life for two weekends at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. Even if you don’t know Schaler’s name, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with her work. She’s a three-time Emmy winner who penned the script for Netflix’s 2017 holiday movie A Christmas Prince. She also wrote the novel Christmas Camp and upcoming Hallmark movie of the same name. Now, she’s invited Christmas lovers to join her at a real-life Christmas Camp. “This Christmas Camp is for grown-ups,” Schaler said. “From culinary classes, Christmas crafts, charitable activities, cocktail mixology, signature spa treatments, holiday movie watching and so much more, it’s all about taking time before the hectic holiday season to relax, reset and rejuvenate, so you can embrace the true meaning and magic of Christmas.” **** Not only will Christmas Camp attendees get to experience all kinds of fun holiday activities, but they’ll also get to stay at the Phoenician, a luxury resort that just completed a three-year renovation and now features a three-story spa, state-of-the-art athletic club, multiple dining options, and an updated pool complex. “It is truly a wonderful time of year to be partnering with Karen, sharing the joy from her Christmas Camp Hallmark movie and books with our guests, while showcasing our premier resort and talented staff,” said Denise Seomin, the director of public relations for The Phoenician. “Karen’s passion for Christmas is truly inspiring, and we are thrilled that she will be hosting all of our Christmas Camp events. We look forward to bringing her Christmas Camp to life as a one-of-a-kind Phoenician holiday tradition.” SOURCE
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    It's truly unfortunate the lack of creativity in Hollywood in the past few years. "If they liked it once, they'll love it twice" appears to be the thinking anymore. The recent remakes of movies has produced sub par copies of the originals. Sure, the audience they are after probably has not seen the originals to compare to, but hoping to make major bucks for imitation is ridiculous. Look at Disney, the most recent Star Wars movies are based upon the theme from years ago, but are new movies. Yet they attempt to resurrect older productions, albeit "live action", and so far have not found the block buster they are looking for. Someone probably thought " hey, I loved that movie when I was younger. I bet I could do a better job." Well, special effects can't make up for talent from the actors. Let's see how this one makes out. I don't want to condemn it before it launches. I'm just agreeing that the is a MAJOR lack in creativity out there.
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    I feel for the comedic actor that has to out-zany Bill Murray. Wouldn't it be nice if they had an original idea once in a while?
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    Congratulations, Santa Bill. These commentaries are a great resource for all of us, especially the newbies.
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    Congratulations to another "Santa Bill!" to the MOTM club. Your interview was great and very positive and I send condolences on the loss of your wife. I'm sure she was a good part of your Santa role, as is mine; don't know what I would do with her loss. I love your attitude and your ability to continue being the best Santa for the kids, especially the terminally ill. I admire you for that.
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    Congratulations! Well deserved!
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    Congratulations, Santa Bill, on a well deserved honor!
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    Congrats Bill! Wishing you the greatest season ever Well done and I enjoyed reading your answers! Thanks for sharing with us! Peace & Love Schwindy
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM club! And sincere condolences on the loss of your wife.
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM Club!!!! Great interview and look forward to reading more of your posts.
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    I do desire to be a life long learner. Thank you for your encouragement!
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    Commercial I did for a small Christmas Market that I will be appearing at organized by college students.
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    English-born Canadian writer, Stephen Butler Leacock (1869 – 1944) is best known for his humorous fiction. At the height of his career between 1915 through 1925, Leacock was the most popular English-speaking writer in the world. The Errors of Santa Claus is one of several short stories included in Leacock’s book, Frenzied Fiction (1918). The Errors of Santa Claus by Stephen Butler Leacock It was Christmas Eve. The Browns, who lived in the adjoining house, had been dining with the Joneses. Brown and Jones were sitting over wine and walnuts at the table. The others had gone upstairs. "What are you giving to your boy for Christmas?" asked Brown. "A train," said Jones, "new kind of thing -- automatic." "Let's have a look at it," said Brown. Jones fetched a parcel from the sideboard and began unwrapping it. "Ingenious thing, isn't it?" he said. "Goes on its own rails. Queer how kids love to play with trains, isn't it?" "Yes," assented Brown. "How are the rails fixed?" "Wait, I'll show you," said Jones. "Just help me to shove these dinner things aside and roll back the cloth. There! See! You lay the rails like that and fasten them at the ends, so -- " "Oh, yes, I catch on, makes a grade, doesn't it? just the thing to amuse a child, isn't it? I got Willy a toy aeroplane." "I know, they're great. I got Edwin one on his birthday. But I thought I'd get him a train this time. I told him Santa Claus was going to bring him something altogether new this time. Edwin, of course, believes in Santa Claus absolutely. Say, look at this locomotive, would you? It has spring coiled up inside the fire box." "Wind her up," said Brown with great interest. "Let's her go." "All right," said Jones. "Just pile up two or three plates something to lean the end of the rails on. There, notice way it buzzes before it starts. Isn't that a great thing for kid, eh?" "Yes," said Brown. "And say, see this little string to pull the whistle! By Gad, it toots, eh? just like real?" "Now then, Brown," Jones went on, "you hitch on those cars and I'll start her. I'll be engineer, eh!" Half an hour later Brown and Jones were still playing trains on the dining-room table. But their wives upstairs in the drawing-room hardly noticed their absence. They were too much interested. "Oh, I think it's perfectly sweet," said Mrs. Brown. "Just the loveliest doll I've seen in years. I must get one like it for Ulvina. Won't Clarisse be perfectly enchanted?" "Yes," answered Mrs. Jones, "and then she'll have all the fun of arranging the dresses. Children love that so much. Look, there are three little dresses with the doll, aren't they cute? All cut out and ready to stitch together." "Oh, how perfectly lovely!" exclaimed Mrs. Brown. "I think the mauve one would suit the doll best, don't you, with such golden hair? Only don't you think it would make it much nicer to turn back the collar, so, and to put a little band — so?" "What a good idea!" said Mrs. Jones. "Do let's try it. Just wait, I'll get a needle in a minute. I'll tell Clarisse that Santa Claus sewed it himself. The child believes in Santa Claus absolutely." And half an hour later Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Brown were so busy stitching dolls' clothes that they could not hear the roaring of the little train up and down the dining table, and had no idea what the four children were doing. Nor did the children miss their mothers. "Dandy, aren't they?" Edwin Jones was saying to little Willie Brown, as they sat in Edwin's bedroom. "A hundred in a box, with cork tips, and see, an amber mouthpiece that fits into a little case at the side. Good present for Dad, eh? "Fine!" said Willie appreciatively. "I'm giving Father cigars." "I know, I thought of cigars too. Men always like cigars and cigarettes. You can't go wrong on them. Say, would you like to try one or two of these cigarettes? We can take them from the bottom. You'll like them, they're Russian — away ahead of Egyptian." "Thanks," answered Willie. "I'd like one immensely. I only started smoking last spring — on my twelfth birthday. I think a feller's a fool to begin smoking cigarettes too soon, don't you? It stunts him. I waited till I was twelve." "Me too," said Edwin, as they lighted their cigarettes. "In fact, I wouldn't buy them now if it weren't for Dad. I simply had to give him something from Santa Claus. He believes in Santa Claus absolutely, you know." And, while this was going on, Clarisse was showing little Ulvina the absolutely lovely little bridge set that she got for her mother. "Aren't these markers perfectly charming?" said Ulvina. "And don't you love this little Dutch design — or is it Flemish, darling?" "Dutch," said Clarisse. "Isn't it quaint? And aren't these the dearest little things, for putting the money in when you play. I needn't have got them with it — they'd have sold the rest separately — but I think it's too utterly slow playing without money, don't you?" "Oh, abominable," shuddered Ulvina. "But your mamma never plays for money, does she?" "Mamma! Oh, gracious, no. Mamma's far too slow for that. But I shall tell her that Santa Claus insisted on putting in the little money boxes." "I suppose she believes in Santa Claus, just as my mamma does." "Oh, absolutely," said Clarisse, and added, "What if we play a little game! With a double dummy, the French way, or Norwegian Skat, if you like. That only needs two." "All right," agreed Ulvina, and in a few minutes they were deep in a game of cards with a little pile of pocket money beside them. About half an hour later, all the members of the two families were again in the drawing-room. But of course nobody said anything about the presents. In any case they were all too busy looking at the beautiful big Bible, with maps in it, that the Joneses had brought to give to Grandfather. They all agreed that, with the help of it, Grandfather could hunt up any place in Palestine in a moment, day or night. But upstairs, away upstairs in a sitting-room of his own Grandfather Jones was looking with an affectionate eye at the presents that stood beside him. There was a beautiful whisky decanter, with silver filigree outside (and whiskey inside) for Jones, and for the little boy a big nickel-plated Jew's harp. Later on, far in the night, the person, or the influence, or whatever it is called Santa Claus, took all the presents and placed them in the people's stockings. And, being blind as he always has been, he gave the wrong things to the wrong people — in fact, he gave them just as indicated above. But the next day, in the course of Christmas morning, the situation straightened itself out, just as it always does. Indeed, by ten o'clock, Brown and Jones were playing the with train, and Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Jones were making dolls' clothes, and the boys were smoking cigarettes, and Clarisse and Ulvina were playing cards for their pocket-money. And upstairs — away up — Grandfather was drinking whisky and playing the Jew's harp. And so Christmas, just as it always does, turned out right after all.
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    Christmas Trees by Robert Frost, 1916 A Christmas circular letter The city had withdrawn into itself And left at last the country to the country; When between whirls of snow not come to lie And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove A stranger to our yard, who looked the city, Yet did in country fashion in that there He sat and waited till he drew us out, A-buttoning coats, to ask him who he was. He proved to be the city come again To look for something it had left behind And could not do without and keep its Christmas. He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees; My woods—the young fir balsams like a place Where houses all are churches and have spires. I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas trees. I doubt if I was tempted for a moment To sell them off their feet to go in cars And leave the slope behind the house all bare, Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon. I’d hate to have them know it if I was. Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees, except As others hold theirs or refuse for them, Beyond the time of profitable growth— The trial by market everything must come to. I dallied so much with the thought of selling. Then whether from mistaken courtesy And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether From hope of hearing good of what was mine, I said, “There aren’t enough to be worth while.” “I could soon tell how many they would cut, You let me look them over.” “You could look. But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.” Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close That lop each other of boughs, but not a few Quite solitary and having equal boughs All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to, Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one, With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.” I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so. We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over, And came down on the north. He said, “A thousand.” “A thousand Christmas trees!—at what apiece?” He felt some need of softening that to me: “A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.” Then I was certain I had never meant To let him have them. Never show surprise! But thirty dollars seemed so small beside The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents (For that was all they figured out apiece)— Three cents so small beside the dollar friends I should be writing to within the hour Would pay in cities for good trees like those, Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools Could hang enough on to pick off enough. A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had! Worth three cents more to give away than sell, As may be shown by a simple calculation. Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter. I can’t help wishing I could send you one, In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.
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    From the album: Santa Felix out & about in 2009

    Santa and his elves...at the Noble Custom & Rare Jewels Christmas Party in Dallas

    © © ClausNET.com

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