Mystery Santa at HyVee in Marion, IA


Yesterday the snow flurries brought more than a lil shivering and bundling up in jakets, hats and burr with every swing of the door at HyVee grocery store in our cozy little town.

I was so busy throwing groceries in my cart as the moon perched low in the sky and darkness opened the door to a slight but cold breeze that quickly chatters your teeth and sends a sharp chill right down your spine. This time of year seems to put a bit of a spike in our motivation to get things done.

As, I was shopping I noticed happiness around the corner near Starbucks, yummy my favorite place for a quick wake up, children…they were intrigued and giggling, they had the most inquisitive look on their faces, one peaking over his glasses to ask very specific questions back and forth with his parents and Santa and another bashful girl, clinging close to her fathers side. Still the magic of reindeer and a little menu preparation from the children asked sat with Santa and expelled the very wonders of what each of them wished to be under the Christmas tree. They finished sitting and talking with Santa about what gifts they would find, yet the children’s job was not done yet they arranged the perfect dish for a team of reindeer and Santa on Christmas Eve. I watched from a distance, admiring their sweet faces as they conversed with Santa and their parents about the Magic of Christmas. I could feel my heart pumping warmth to my very soul, something very special w as happing here in HyVee.

It was not until I went to check out at the register that I was made aware that where Santa came from was a Mystery. Apparently Santa had forgot to scheduled his visit to HyVee, making the Miracle of Christmas more of a blessing to not only the children but to all who had the opportunity to witness the True Meaning of Christmas…





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