I was born into a family of seven children who shared a loving mother and
father. There was always lots of love to be shared, especially at Christmas.
My mother was an angel and my dad was a saint. Saint Cornelius.
Saint Cornelius would appear every Christmas morning waking every child in the house with his thunderous Ho! Ho! Ho! Mother would insist that we should stay in bed and pretend to be sleeping until Old Santa Claus was out of the house. Although ours was not a household of great wealth, Saint Cornelius always arranged for Santa Claus to unpack enough presents at our house to keep smiles on every child’s face for many days.
Somehow, I came to realize that Saint Cornelius was my Santa Claus and that he was following in the footsteps of jolly old Saint Nicholas.
I slipped into the shiny black boots of Saint Cornelius and dressed in his bright red suit for the first time in the year Nineteen Hundred Seventy-two. Many years since I have appeared as Santa Claus in the Spirit of jolly old Saint Nicholas and in the Spirit of Christmas taught to me by my father Saint Cornelius.
My loving wife, Mary, Mrs. Santa Claus, has been a public school teacher for special needs children for over thirty years. My greatest annual joy is to see the faces of her students and of many other children when Santa walks into the room. I get to watch through the eyes of Santa. Most children want to pull my beard to see if it is real. It always passes the Santa’s beard pull test.
Our five children have given our lives the happiness of thirteen grand-children and five great-grandchildren. Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year for our families.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus share their love with many children who are away from their parents and in the care of foster parents, For some, it is one of the few times of the year they may feel love, approval and acceptance. They are all on Santa’s good list, according to the Elf on the shelf.
Santa Claus has met hundreds of children at numerous large and/or small special holiday events sponsored by banks, realtors, schools, museums, corporations, parent groups and churches. Mr. and Mrs. Claus appear together when acceptable or requested.
The Saint Cornelius family is very musical. Santa Claus often appears with his band of merry musicians and plays Christmas and seasonal music as requested. The band is often playing joyful music while Santa Claus is greeting children and adults.
Santa Claus, the eldest son of Saint Cornelius