In anticipation of the more magical time of the year, a youngster poetically articulates on paper what exactly she needs for Christmas, pleading her case that explains why she overwhelmingly deserves everything that she is asking. Then, together with the greatest of care, she places her magical letter into an envelope, writes “To Santa Claus” about the face, attaches the postage stamp Mom gave her to utilize, and carries it for the mailbox. Then, of course, the mail carrier grabs the letter and off it goes.
Well, to little Abigail who wrote the letter, there is no question regarding where the letter from santa is heading…Santa Claus, of course. But would you be surprised if I mentioned that little Abigail is probably exactly right?
It was 1852 and also the Christmas Eve church service had just concluded. Being how the whole town was present, it was a great time to hold the very last town meeting of the season. You see, for many years, this small town in Spencer County of southern Indiana, founded in the late 1840’s, was called the “nameless town.” This became mainly because the settlers, of mostly German descent, could not decide on a name.
All were gathered around the pot-bellied stove, such as the children…although quiet instead of really participating, were in the most critical town meetings. As the frustrating discussion of naming this town continued, a chilly December gust blew open the wooden doors on this small log church, plus it was the adults who fell silent as being the youngsters came to life. Using a magical scene of snowflakes glistening on black velvet, mysterious sleigh bells were heard throughout the picture-framed doorway. It absolutely was then a children, almost in a, simultaneous voice exclaimed, “Santa Claus, it’s Santa Claus!”
It was so…one Christmas Eve, over 150 in the past, the little nameless town finally got its name. Santa Claus, Indiana since it is still named to this day.
Since you may have guessed, this small town of approximately 2,000 residents is focused on Christmas. Through the town’s name to the names about the street signs, as well as witnessing the town’s village décor, the holiday spirit year-round is very evident.
Every single Christmas season, hundreds of thousands of letters get through to the town’s small post office. Actually, this post office handles more mail, many times over, through the holidays personal1zed it will other months combined! These letters, often inscribed in crayon though with the utmost sincerity, have but one name addressed around the envelope’s face. Yeah, you guessed it…Santa Claus.
So, this holiday period when your child or grandchild asks you for any postage stamp so they can mail their heart-felt message to Santa Claus, you may honestly agree that the letters will likely find its intended destination…