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Santa Praying at Nativity Scene – From CNN.com

December 25, 2009

Today I was not going to post.  Nothing.  After all, it is Christmas ….. however, looking at CNN.com, I came across this photograph.  And after reading the message of the photographer, it left me somewhat quiet and thinking.  How does a Santa recharge?  What does he / she do with the mind’s compartment that holds all of the dreams and wishes that so many children must of shared?

CNN producer note

Pixel says, “It was the first time that I thought so intently about what it must be like too hear all the wishes and needs of the children, and the ones he knows might not be provided.”
zdan, CNN iReport producer

iReport —

On the corner of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, a large Nativity Scene is placed for all to view and all to pray. I was struck by this image of Santa praying; alone, in silence, at the end of the day, as the cars rushed by, and  the magical moments of dusk unfolded. Santa praying at sunset was indeed a powerful sight. Where does Santa go when he needs to find some peace? The wish lists  of children and adults  are extra long this year.There are so many heartbreaking  stories, as I experienced first hand. Letters to Santa can make one feel incredibly helpless. It was difficult to hear only a few. I wondered what I could possible do to help. The Santa’s of the world listen daily to the wishes and dreams of the children.  I waited,  and then went to sit beside Santa on the haystack. My company welcomed, Santa began to tell me numerous stories; including the meaning behind the candy cane, the story of St Nicholas, and the heartbreaks of the children.He went on to tell  me how the economy has effected him personally. Hit hard, he found that prayer helped. Has anyone stopped to ask,”where does Santa go with all that he hears?” What does Santa do with the packages he knows he will never deliver, the fathers he can not bring home, or the food he can not provide to the children who whisper in his ears their Christmas wish…

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