Alias Santa Claus by Rebecca Sicree

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Alias Santa Claus

Rebecca Sicree on Childhood Encounters with a Christmas Icon

It was after dark on Christmas Eve, and my younger sister Jessie and I were arguing. I was telling her that Santa Claus did not exist. She was stubbornly refusing to believe me.

There was a knock at the door.

"Girls, come here," my dad called, with an odd expression on his face. "Someone wants to see you." So we went to the door.

And there he was.

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" he chortled. "Merry Christmas! I was at your neighbor's party and thought I'd stop by. What would you little girls like for Christmas?"

Jessie's face lit up with excitement. She said that she wanted a Chrissy doll with hair that grew. I stood and stared. Our guest seemed to think I was afraid of him. Finally, I stammered that I wanted a Chrissy doll, too. "I'll see what I can do," he assured us and left. Jessie turned on me with a look of fierce triumph.

"See?" she said. "I told you so!"

My parents burst out laughing.

Both of us had Chrissy dolls the next morning.

I was very, very confused.


Rebecca Sicree writes from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. She and her family attend Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in nearby State College. She and her husband Andrew have ten children, six of whom are now adults.


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