: The Discovery Of Santa" - By Danielle Kaheaku (Exclusive
The red suit with its white fur trim trudged out into the snow.
The North Pole was cold as it always was, but the suit didn't
feel the icy chill of the wind or the wetness of the snow. It
was warm and safe just as it was made to be and it was on a mission.
A very important mission. Santa was needed. Children the world
over were becoming cynical and cruel. Their belief in all things
magical and pure was dissolving like sugar in water. It couldn't
were supposed to be innocent, full of imagination, and belief.
Santa's suit could not sit by and wait any longer. It had been
far too long that the children had been losing faith. It was time
to find Santa. Standing in the swirling snow, the red suit with
its black belt and boots saluted the stars from which it came.
Then it turned and trudged back through the snow and wind.
There was still a long journey ahead to find Santa. Making its
way into the stable where Donner, Blitzen, and the other reindeer
spent their days, Santa's suit wandered over to Comet. Comet was
the lead reindeer. He was the fastest. And fast was exactly what
Santa's suit needed. Santa's suit gestured and pointed, until
Comet snorted his consent. There was no time to lose, Santa was
Santa's suit unlatched Comet's stall and the reindeer stepped
out. Comet sniffed at Santa's suit's pockets and the suit petted
his nose before pulling a carrot from its pocket and offering
it to the reindeer. While Comet was munching on the carrot, Santa's
suit climbed onto the reindeer's back and with a single tap of
its heels to Comet's sides, they were off!
They flew for hours and hours until they made their
way out of the frigid North Pole. They found themselves high above
the city of Rome with its coliseum and its many buildings. The
day was bright and the people were trading in the many markets
that Comet and the Santa suit passed over. But no one looked right
to Santa's suit. Santa was someone special, someone different.
The suit would know him when it saw him and it did not see him
here. So Santa's suit nudged Comet once more and they flew off
to another place.
They flew over many small towns in Italy and beyond, but none
of the men there were right. Those men held the belief that children
should be strong and think only of their work and their future.
Santa's suit knew better. Children needed to be believing and
imaginative. They needed to know that it was through joy and love
that life was worthwhile. So Comet and Santa's suit continued
They went on to another town and Santa's suit pointed
down to a small stall in a village market place. Comet snorted
and let the suit down by the side of the stall while the proprietor
was looking away. Santa's suit watched as Comet flew out of sight
once more and then it waited. The proprietor came back to the
stall a few moments later and after taking a moment to rearrange
his wares, he glanced down. The proprietor glanced back at his
wares and then his eyes flew back to Santa's suit resting against
the edge of his stall.
The proprietor reached down and picked Santa's suit up with the
tips of two fingers. He grimaced at the thing in his hands for
a moment before tossing it behind him into a pile of broken wares.
Santa's suit watched as the man went back to selling his wares.
This couldn't be Santa. The man had barely looked at Santa's suit
and what was worse, the man had discarded it like so much trash.
Someone that would do such a thing could never be Santa. So, Santa's
suit waited until the man wandered off to find something for a
customer and the customer was busy browsing, and then it slowly
sidled away from the stall. And then Comet was there and Santa's
suit jumped onto his back and they continued on once more.
Most of the day had passed in their search now and Santa's suit
decided it was time to test the waters of a land different than
that of Italy. There had been no luck here so far. So, they traveled
east far faster than Santa's suit could have traveled alone. Soon
they found themselves in a land similar to Italy, but also different.
Santa's suit knew this place to be called Greece. Comet brought
them close enough to see the people teeming below in the dusk
covered town. Shops were closing, men and women retiring to their
homes. Santa's suit began to worry that they would never find
Santa and time was still running out.
As they flew over the ever darkening city, Santa's suit saw a
single candle lit in the window of one of the homes. It stood
out in the sea of dark houses and Santa's suit clapped and pointed.
Comet nodded his head and landed beside the window of the home.
Together the two of them looked in and what a sight they saw!
A man sat inside on a rocking chair with a block of wood and a
small chisel. And as they watched, he carved a little wooden
horse with exquisite detail. A tiny chiseled bridle and saddle
to boot! Comet looked at Santa's suit and nodded just once. Santa's
suit clapped, but then it turned and went to the door. It waved
Comet over to knock. Comet did just that and then Santa's suit
sat against the door, quickly shooing Comet away.
The door opened mere moments later and Santa's suit fell half
way into the house of the wood carving man. The man glanced inquisitively
at Santa's suit on his floor. Then he bent down and lifted the
suit quite gently in both hands. Santa's suit wanted to clap with
joy. This man was so gentle, so kind, and those were exactly the
traits that were needed. A soft hand, a soft touch, a soft heart
to share joy with all the children of the world. The man settled
the suit on the floor before the fire and gently he touched the
suit's white fur trim, the leather black belt, and the red cloth
as well. Then he turned and he wandered into another room. When
he came back he was holding a red woolen cap matching Santa's
suit just right! It had a little cotton poof at the end of its
The man laid the hat at the top of the suit, and Santa's suit
got to its boots. It stood tall before him and the man stepped
back in shock. Then Santa's suit opened its belt and its top and
offered itself to the man. He waited a moment then without a word
stepped into Santa's suit's top. Suddenly, he was wearing the
whole santa suit and in his mind could see the visions of toys
being made for all the children of the world. He could see the
other reindeer, the toy shop, the elves, the North Pole. And then
Comet was joining them in the house through the door. The man
smiled wide and offered the reindeer his hand to sniff. Comet
did so and with a huff of air he offered his acceptance of this
man as Santa.
The man smiled wide at the images in his head. But of all the
images he was seeing tonight, the brightest image was of him flying
high through the sky on the back of a sleigh filled with bags
of toys being pulled by eight tiny reindeer.
"Yes," the man said. "I would like this life."
And Santa's suit wanted to clap, because now it had found the
rightful Santa Claus to bring joy, happiness, laughter, and innocent
belief back to the children of the world. But even more importantly,
now that this mission was over, Santa's suit knew that the journey
had only just begun!