My dad’s parents settled in the north end of the city shortly after they were married. They were married in September 1956, so their first married Christmas happened just a few months after their wedding. A few days before December 25th that year, my grandparents received a notice from the department store Sears that their stove had been paid off. They asked around, trying to find out who had been so generous by paying off their stove, but no one seemed to have any idea who’d paid it. It was a mystery.
The next Christmas, my grandparents were celebrating their first Christmas as parents. It was my dad’s very first Christmas. Again, a few days before Christmas, they received a delivery from Sears. It was a Christmas present for my Dad, from this secret Santa. My grandparents still had no idea where the special deliveries were coming from. By each Christmas growing up, my dad and his siblings would always receive a mystery delivery from this generous secret Santa.