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December 23, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Avoid Cold Feet (and knows)


Child, dog, and bird in snow. Vintage Italian Christmas postcard. 1941 (USPD., artist life/

“Where is he? This isn’t going to be like waiting for the Great Pumpkin is it? I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to pout if we stay out.”(1941 Italian Christmas postcard/USPD/

“Miracle” isn’t just the name of a dog, or a man in Florida or a film about ice hockey or a Texas ranch.

Getting the Christmas packages delivered on time – and in one piece – will probably count as one this year.

Expectations may have been lowered, but one miracle will never fade:

“I’m not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor.

You know, if I’m a symbol.. I’m a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives.

If you can’t believe, if you can’t accept anything on faith, then you’re doomed for a life dominated by doubt.”

(Kris Kringle to Santa-denying, disillusioned, divorced mom, Doris Walker in Miracle on 34th Street.)

“In her autobiography, Maureen O’Hara” (who played Doris Walker in the movie),” nicely summed up what the film had come to mean to her over the years. ‘Everyone felt the magic on the set and we all knew we were creating something special. I am very proud to have been part of a film that has been continually shown and loved all over the world for nearly sixty years. Miracle on 34th Street has endured all this time because of the special relationship of the cast and crew, the uplifting story, and its message of hope and love, which steals hearts all over the world every year. I don’t think I will ever tire of children asking me, ‘Are you the lady who knows Santa Claus?’ I always answer, ‘Yes, I am. What would you like me to tell him?'” (Source)

“According to Natalie Wood’s biographer, while making the movie the eight-year-old who played Susan Walker, was convinced that Edmund Gween was actually Santa Claus (by all accounts, he was a very good natured man on the set). It wasn’t until she saw him out of costume at the wrap party that she realized he wasn’t Santa.” (Source)

Reality mirrors fiction?

Few realized it, but Gween was actually the Santa in the 1946 Macy’s Christmas parade. He gained 30 pounds for the movie released in 1947.

Believe or not, his beard was actually real! (Maureen O’Hara confirmed it.)

Easy to understand how the film’s Doris Walker became disenchanted and lost the ability to believe. Life can do that. It’s wearing. Especially now.

Chris Van Allsburg, author of the Polar Express, reflects on hearing Santa’s sleigh bell:

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

So you gotta believe, even now. Even In 2020

“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

(Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street)

I hear you.

Elvis does, too.

I’m waiting up – with cookies and milk

JIngle on!

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

You can too wait up snug in bed…just fight off those Sugar Plums in your head.

Here’s a practice session:



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  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 23 2020 6:40 am

    I always thought our neighbor is Santa and I feared him like the plague… till he shaved his beard… woah what a great day for me LOL Merry christmouse to youuuu

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 23 2020 6:48 am

      With all the masks and lockdowns, there’s more beards than ever around here…a friend of Molly Malamute passed us on dog walk yesterday and his staff is now sporting a long white beard…if he was a big heavier all the kids in the neighborhood might be trying to hand him their lists.
      Wishing Santa knows all the whim nice-ness and bring some goodies along with joy and peace. Jingle on!


  2. marina kanavaki / Dec 23 2020 8:01 am

    You gotta believe indeed! Thank you, my friend and that video is a treasure!
    Tail wags from Hera to Molly!

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  3. sustainabilitea / Dec 23 2020 9:43 am

    I was doing fine until Elvis showed up…at which point I almost fell off my chair laughing. Don’t you know he’s on Mars with JFK and Marlon Brando???

    The talk of beards reminds me of a family at our church when I was a child. Their two boys had never seen their father without his beard and one day he shaved it off. Evidently they had no idea who he was and were terrified.

    Merry almost Christmas and yes, the packages arriving (not at all on time but eventually) is the true Christmas miracle of 2020 (except for the real Miracle.) I do feel sorry for the postal workers, though. Because of Covid, there are SO many more packages, UPS and FedEx stopped collecting from some businesses, and the USPS has thousands of people out with Covid. It’s the perfect postal storm.



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  4. Kate Crimmins / Dec 23 2020 1:12 pm

    Have a joyful holiday no matter how different it looks this year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 23 2020 3:34 pm

      Different may can be good…like not having to put up with that one family member at dinner HAHAHAHA…(or should that be Ho-ho-ho-whoa!?)
      Holiday Paw waves from this realm to yours

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