I don’t remember seeing much of Santa
when I was a kid growing up in Pasadena!
If there were parades
I don’t remember seeing any of them.
The concerts mostly had the
story of the Christ child‘s birth, nothing about Santa.
I didn’t go to malls very much
and I don’t remember picture-taking at all.
I’d write my little letter to be sent to the North Pole with what I’d want
and sometimes I’d get a letter back.
I remember hearing the letters to Santa
being read on the radio and I’d listen intently.
Sitting on Santa’s knee to tell him
what I wanted wasn’t even dreamed of back then.
I believed he was at the North Pole with his elves
and reindeer would fly him to our rooftop.
I’d often hear him on the house with bells ringing
and his reindeer’s hooves making a racket.
Or was that Mom and Dad being foolish
out in the kitchen eating Santa’s snack?
Have I forgotten it all or was that really
the way it was when I was just a kid?