December 15, 2019-
Legend has it that Santa Claus sends his snarky sidekick, Black Piet, to put a lump of coal in the stockings of children who have been naughty,during the year. I learned, this evening, that this is just not so.
The Big Guy and his Missus put in an early appearance this evening, at a Red Cross gathering. He told a young man who complained of having received coal in his stocking, whilst he was a young street ruffian, in Chicago. The young man did tell St. Nick that he had mended his ways, and Santa acknowledged that this was the case.
Santa went on to explain, about the coal. “I don’t always give children what they want, but I do give them what they need.”, he offered, “When people needed coal to heat their homes, I made sure they got several lumps.” Children living under hard circumstances, frequently act out, and Santa said he takes care of their home life, first.
That did my heart good, and shows that Santa Claus is not just a purveyor of belly laughs and trips down the chimney. He really does look out for our best interests. Black Piet? Why, he is a Red Cross volunteer, who goes down each chimney, to make sure it is firewise.