Santa Suit" - By Kirsten Kohlwey (Exclusive to Santa.CC)
"Mom, why does Santa
always wear a red suit?" Anna asked one late November day while
turning the pages of a Christmas catalog.
is a good question, dear," Mom said. "I really don't know. Maybe
we could ask him, the next time we see him."
"Oh, please. Let's
do that. Let's go see him right now!"
Mom laughed. "We don't
have time for that right now. Let's get our chores done and maybe
we can go visit him tomorrow."
Anna frowned. She didn't
The next morning, Mom
was ready for her.
"Santa will be at the
mall at noon. If you still want to talk to him, we should plan
to be there right when he gets there, so we don't have to stand
in line a long time."
"I will be ready, Mom."
"Great. In that case,
eat your breakfast and then clean up your room. It needs to be
picked up before your grandmother gets here."
At quarter to noon,
Anna and her Mom found themselves in a good sized line. Santa
was popular this day. Anna admired his outfit.
"Look, Mom, Santa is
wearing a gold belt! I haven't seen that before," Anna exclaimed.
"You are right. It
looks good with his red suit, though."
Finally, it was Anna's
turn to climb onto Santa's lap.
"You look beautiful
today, little princess, " Santa said.
"I am not a princess,"
"All little girls are
princesses," Santa said with a chuckle. "What can I do for you?"
"I would like to know
why you always wear a red suit," Anna said.
"What? No request for
toys? You just want to know why I wear my red suit?" Santa said
"Aren't you a sweet
little girl. I have worn my red suit for quite a while, haven't
I?" Santa said. "I didn't always wear a red suit but I guess I
have gotten into a rut. Everyone recognizes me when I wear my
red suit. I have worn it for so long, I worry, children won't
recognize me if I put on some of my other clothes."
"I would recognize
you!" Anna said.
Anna nodded. Her face
had the look of a girl swearing a solemn oath.
"Are you sure you don't
have a special request for Christmas?" Santa asked.
Anna thought about
it. Her face brightened.
"I would like to see
you wearing a multicolored suit," she said.
"That would be fun.
I will see what I can do," Santa said as he gave Anna a hug and
lifted her off his lap. He winked at Mom.
This visit didn't go
the way Mom had hoped at all. Now what was she going to do? Anna
would be so disappointed when Santa didn't show up in a multicolored
Santa suit. Anna happily skipped to the car.
"Won't it be fun to
see Santa in a multicolored Santa suit, Mom?" Anna said.
"Yes it will, dear,
but you know he didn't promise, he would wear one. He just said
he would see what he could do."
"He is Santa, Mom.
He can make all those toys for children all over the world. Of
course, he can find a multicolored Santa suit." Anna said with
Mom frowned. She hoped
Anna would forget by the time Christmas Eve arrived.
Finally, the big day
arrived, Christmas Eve. The house was decorated. Anna and her
mom had baked cookies and Anna could hardly wait for Christmas
Day. Anna hadn't mentioned their visit to see Santa since that
"Mom, we need to put
out cookies for Santa. I want to stay up and wait for him, so
I can see his multicolored Santa suit," Anna said.
"Anna, you can't stay
up all night."
"How am I going to
see his Santa suit if I don't stay up?" Anna said.
Just as Mom was trying
to come up with a response, the door opened and Anna's Dad entered.
"You will never guess
what is on the front page of the evening newspaper," Dad said.
He took the newspaper
out of his briefcase, and showed it to Anna and his wife.
"It's Santa!" Anna
exclaimed. "Look, Mom, he is wearing a multicolored Santa suit!"
"He is?" Mom said.
She looked at her husband. Her husband was grinning. Mom walked
over to Anna and stared at the picture in disbelief. "Santa was
sighted in Europe wearing a multicolored Santa suit?"
"That is what the article
says," Dad said.
"Just look at the picture,
Mom. Look! He is wearing the same golden belt." Anna said.
Mom hugged Anna. She
looked at her husband and mouthed "How did you do that?" silently.
He looked at her, shook his head and mouthed back "I didn't."
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