Stories of Christmas: Adult Division, 1st Place
Several stories were submitted this year for the Brainerd Dispatch’s 31st annual Stories of Christmas contest.
Christmas of ‘56
It was Christmas Eve of 1956, and I was a 20-year-old man who was asked to play Santa for some of the neighbors of my small town. I put on my Santa clothes, beard, boots and hat and had my brother drive me around to the neighbors, with my then-girlfriend riding along.
We had one neighbor with seven children and in the father’s words, “My youngest son is 4 years old and he’s the naughtiest kid you ever saw. I need you to put a real Santa scare in him.”
So we got to the house and as soon as I walked in, the little boy took off running around the kitchen table, scared of me. I pretended to be a mad Santa and took off after him, letting him stay just far ahead enough of me.
After several laps around the table, the little boy stopped and with a defeated voice said, “Santa, I promise I’ll never fart in church again!”
We all had a great laugh about that.
The best part of the story is I proposed to my girlfriend that very night and we’ve now been married 62 years.