Friday, December 16, 2016
Greetings from Mr. Claus!
This Christmas greeting card was one that our mother sent out several years ago! Taken on a cold winter day in December, alongside the PNC bank on the square in downtown Mechanicsburg when Santa would arrive by fire engine to a long line of energetic young kids, each with a list of wants and wishes to share with Santa.
And Santa, patient and jolly, listened to each little girl or boy, discovering whether they had been naughty or nice, listening attentively to their requests, didn't notice that the long line wrapped around the block. Santa, dear old dad, Byron L. Reppert, was the town mayor and the town Santa, two roles he played with boundless enthusiasm.
One year, Susanna and her friend Susie lined up to visit Santa. That was the year friend Susie whispered to Susanna, 'I think that's your dad'. Susanna did not, could not, would not believe her.