This is not my typical blog post. It's an illustrated children's story. In 1989, my dad had the idea for a new addition to the Kringle Family and the overall Christmas legend. I, at the tender age of 15, wrote the following poem. At the time I painted it on the window of a store I worked at in the mall and it was published in a local paper. In 2002, my dad's friend illustrated it. We always hope to get it published but it never happened. So here I share it with you. Please share it with your family this Christmas.
The Legend of Santa Claus
By Anthony J. Solicito
In 1822, Dr. Clement Clark Moore, a classical scholar, composed "The Night Before Christmas" to read to his children on Christmas Eve. Unbeknownst to him, a friend sent it to a newspaper and it was published. Other papers and magazines reprinted it, and soon, Moore's every word became an integral piece of the legend of Santa Claus.
Over a century later. in 1939, the poem "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appeared in a Montgomery Ward Christmas booklet as a marketing ploy to have customers save it and remember the department store's name each holiday season. The skyrocketing success of "Rudolph" marked the only new addition to the folklore of Santa Claus in this century.
The following poem brings a much needed helper to our aging St. Nick, so that he may better serve our ever expanding population. Who better to assist him than a long overdue child ... a daughter. Yes, the world is about ready to have a female sharing some of the credit for those wonderful presents!
Crystal, The Christmas Imp
by Jean Tagliamonte
Illustrations by Gunn Orachantara
One Christmas Eve, some winters ago. Something happened that not many know.
When the air was especially crisp, and the stars were especially bright. The sky was especially black and the snow was especially white,
A very special child was born to a very special pair. Sparkling blue were her eyes and golden was her hair.
The baby was quite a beauty to see and Crystal was her name. Through her birth, it came to be, Christmas would never be the same!
Crystal was an imp, you see, which is a very special gift. She's very small with silver wings that make her very swift.
With a shake or her tiny fingers, there's magic all around. Once where nothing was before, presents can be found!
It was on that day, of birthday twelve, that it came to be, Santa took young Crystal Claus, and placed her On his knee,
Crystal, my dear, the time has come that you should understand. The very special power that's been placed upon your hands.
"The gift that you were born with, is wonderful, you see, Because now you are old enough to begin a journey with me."
"Crystal, my daughter," Santa said "This is a growing world. And I cannot possibly reach every boy and girl!"
Then Mrs. Claus began to add, "Together you'll spread joy, all over our beautiful planet, to every girl and boy!"
"I'll be glad to help you, Daddy" She said In a voice so small, "I'll do my best, around the world to spread joy to one and all!"
Now on Christmas, children. if you fail to hear a sound, don't think that nobody's there, Crystal just may be around.
And you may not hear the sound of sleigh bells clanging. Just the little chiming of jingle bells dangling,
Or instead of reindeer hoofs, you hear tile fluttering of wings and at night, you are dreaming of sweet and special things.
It just may be a sweet little imp. who's quiet as a mouse, spreading joy and leaving gifts, all throughout your house.
And if you wonder why your parents. are especially filled with joy. That's Crystal's very special gift to ever girl and boy!
Whether Crystal or Santa was there, you may never know, but in the morning you may find tiny footprints in the snow.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!