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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 . . .

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Rebecca Sicree writes from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. She attends Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Pennsylvania, with her husband Andrew and their ten children, who take up an entire pew.

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