I Was There For Santa Claus When He Needed My Help

“Yo! I mean, ho! As in ho-ho-ho. Can’t you see that I’m stuck, you idiot? Give a guy a hand.”

santa_claus_png9972Indeed he was, he being Santa Claus. The one and only. To say I was surprised to find the jolly gent dangling head-downward from within my living room fireplace would have been the understatement of 2016 were it not for Donald Trump. Needless to say, the understatement of 2016 is that Trump is way bad news. Hell, he’s way bad news times fifty! But, I digress.

It was 9:00 PM on the eve of Christmas Eve when the rotund one unexpectedly appeared. I was sitting on the sofa, ruminating about this and that, as usual arriving at no satisfactory conclusions. Also as usual, the sofa cushions were profusely dotted with Cheez-It cracker crumbs. I already had put away 500 or more Its and, prior to Mr. Claus’ arrival, had no plans to stop the ingestion process.

“Santa, is this a joke? What are you doing here? Your delivery rounds don’t start for another 24 hours. And you’re in the wrong household, anyway. I mean, me and my wife are Jewish!”

I put aside the Its, reluctantly, and walked to the fireplace where, with only a bit of exertion, I helped Santa out of his predicament. Standing upright, he brushed himself off.

“Yo, brother. I know that you and your wife are Jews. And I also know your name. Neil, it’s a pleasure to meet you.” He extended his pudgy right hand, which I clasped warmly, and smiled at me in the friendliest of manners. Santa gave off such good vibes. I liked him a lot. Immediately.

“Santa, likewise, I’m sure. Are you hungry? Can I get you something to eat? To drink?”

“A toasted sesame seed bagel with a schmear would be nice,” Santa said. “And some schnapps to wash it all down would be outstanding. You don’t happen to have those around, do you?”

“Santa, this is more than your lucky day. My household overflows with bagels. And with schnapps in its many varieties. Come on, sit down at the dining room table and I’ll fix you up.” I assembled the simple meal and watched Santa happily eat and drink.

“Ah, this is delicious,” Santa said, alternating between bites and sips. Then, when his plate and glass were empty he got down to business. “I’ve had my eyes on you for awhile, Neil, and I’m certain I made the correct choice in visiting you. You see, I like Jews very much. Just like me, they know about good food and drink, and they rock the color red. Well, maybe I’m wrong about the second half of that statement. Anyway, speaking selfishly, what’s very important to me is that they boost my spirits. And once a year, believe me, I need that boost. You think it’s easy bringing toys to billions of children each year? Sure, if you only had to do it once or twice it wouldn’t be hard.  But year after year after year? Come on . . . talk about job burnout.”

“Many years ago I was schmoozing with a Jewish friend of mine, Morty Finkelstein, about this very problem,” Santa continued. “Morty listened carefully and let me pour my heart out. Then he proved himself to be a real mensch, saying all the right things to sooth my malaise. Since then, each year I seek out a Jew to help get me back on track. You were recommended to me a few months ago by the League Of Jewish Bloggers. That’s when I started reading your blog stories. I have to tell you that they give off the weird and optimistic sorts off auras that I’m partial to. Which is why I’m confident that you’re the person I need. Neil, tomorrow is my big day. I’m feeling down and tired, and I’m asking you to turn me around. I know you can do it.”

Holy man-o-Manischewitz. Was this really happening? Was I dreaming? I pinched myself on the right forearm real hard. Yikes, that hurt like crazy! No doubt, Santa truly was in the house. “Sir, I’m at your service,” I said. “And I think I know just what to do.” I motioned to Santa to rise.

“C’mon, guy. Follow me. I’m going to give you a powerful dose of lights. Christmas lights. Beautiful ones are all over this neighborhood, and some of the best are only two blocks away from here. I’m bummed out a little, too, right now. So, let’s take a walk, Santa. The lights will do both of us a lot of good.” I grabbed Santa by the arm and off we went. Thirty seconds later we hit pay dirt.

“Look at that house, Santa. Great, no? What artwork!”


“And look at over there!” I yelled in his ear. “I ask you, who needs lavish, over-the-top Christmas light displays? Modest lights on cute, small houses often are where it’s at.”


I could tell that Santa was impressed, even though for a while he didn’t say anything. But then he did. “You know, Neil, when I’m flying over houses all over the world on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning, I never get a true head-on view of the decorations. I haven’t seen Christmas lights from this perspective in ages. I’d forgotten how sweet and heartwarming they can be. Why, that house right there is magnificent.” He pointed across the street.


“And here’s another lovely one,” he said, as we continued a short distance down the block.


I certainly couldn’t disagree. My suburban region, not known for its esthetic charms, becomes grand this time of year. And only at night.

I felt a powerful pinch on my right forearm, directly on the spot where I’d pinched myself only 10 minutes earlier. As if I required proof a second time that Santa was real. “Ouch, Santa! What’s the deal, dude?”

“Sorry, mate. But let’s turn back. I’m all energized once again, so I got to go. Mrs. Claus will start worrying if I don’t get back to the North Pole soon. It’s a miracle that nobody spotted me on the street, or I’d be here signing autographs till who knows when. I’ll need to borrow your cell phone, by the way. I’ll return it tomorrow night when I’m back this way. Mine broke into pieces when I was sliding down your frigging chimney. Once I’m in the air heading home tonight the missus will expect me to call her every half hour. She might want me to stop to pick up a quart of milk somewhere. Or maybe some Slim Jims,. My old lady, you never know what she’ll want.”

Santa embraced me in a thank-you hug. Minutes later I watched him nimbly scale the front of my house, its low side, and climb into his sleigh which, complete with reindeer and unnoticed by me, had been sitting atop the roof. “Bye, Santa,” I shouted. “Till next time. And keep those calls to the Pole short. International phone rates are a bitch.”


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21 thoughts on “I Was There For Santa Claus When He Needed My Help

  1. Joyce December 28, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Very amusing! Enjoy your holiday!

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  2. aladec December 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    What should I do? Part Jew, Part Cherokee, Part Southern Baptist, Part Italian, Part English, Raised as a Catholic but left the Church. Usually I default to Saturnalia…..The Romans had more fun. Wine, women and song. Orgies. A panoply of Gods to choose from that covered all the bases. I figured that was the best way to go on the Holidays

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  3. Still the Lucky Few December 28, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I always knew that Christmas lights (or any lights, for that matter) were therapeutic! Good choice of treatment for poor ole depressed Santa! I can tell that he appreciated it!

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    • yeahanotherblogger December 28, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      He surely did. I received a thank-you card from him today.


  4. Sherri Fox December 29, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Living in Florida one cannot find many chimneys. Santa has to rely on Uber to distribute his load. As a transplanted Philly chick, I enjoyed seeing the glittering houses & remembering that there really is a Santa Clause.

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    • yeahanotherblogger December 29, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Hi Sherri. Thanks for adding your thoughts. I hope you’ll do the same on some future stories now and then.
      This time of year, at night, you’d like the neighborhood where Sandy and I live. Cute houses, a lot of them lit up in pretty lights (as you can see from the photos in this story).
      See ya’ —


  5. dcw0731 December 31, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Neil In case nobody has told you yet you did SAVE Christmas and my Grandson Thanks you.

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  6. eden baylee January 2, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Ha, lovely, fun post. For years, I celebrated Hanukkah instead of Christmas, both beautiful traditions, and in my eyes, bright and sparkly when celebrated from a non-sectarian POV.

    In one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Toronto, there are over sixty 20 feet inflatable Santas dotting the street. The street is renamed Kringlewood from Inglewood for this time of year. You can see a video of it on my blog from last Xmas if you like.

    Hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you, Neil.


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    • yeahanotherblogger January 2, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Eden. Thanks for the visit. I’m going to take a look at the video on your blog. Happy New Year to you and yours.


  7. cmwriter January 15, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Loved it. Thank you for the fun! Happy 2017!

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    • yeahanotherblogger January 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks a lot, Carol. I appreciate it.
      And a very happy New Year to you and yours.


  8. pjlazos January 15, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Who knew Santa was partial to a bagel and a schmear?!

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  9. johnlmalone December 7, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    your place sounds a wonderland, Neil; no wonder Santa was so jolly and comes to you and your wife every year; and hang in there, Neil, he’ll be back in a few weeks’ time to do it all over again 🙂

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