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“Santa Craig Rides Again in 2010”

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Sundanceh
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*** HO HO HO ***

Back by popular demand, comin’ to a chimney near you…..

You better watch out – you better not cry – you better not pout – I’m tellin’ you why….. “Santa Craig is Coming to Town.” LOL:)

Whew! We just got back in this morning, after a long and cold night , flying our International Route and making deliveries in Spain, the UK, and several provinces in Canada. We had to take a layover in Owens Sound, the snow was so thick – LOL:) Maggie May.

Wow, that was a long night – how does the Big Guy go to everyone’s house all over the world in just one night? The reindeer are all just exhausted and are out back sleeping off the eggnog, LOL:)

We’re gearing up for U.S. run now and we’ll be on your doorstep before you know it….and this includes the Hawaiian Islands….Mele Kalikimaka!

You knew that radiation and chemo would not keep Santa Craig down – might slow me up, but not keep me from making my appointed rounds. And I know if you’ve been naughty or nice, so be good for goodness sakes:)

I was given a Gift this year and I’d like to sit down here by the fire with you now and tell you that story…Kerry, we need some more logs, can you use that new fangled contraption you just got and split us a few logs ? Lucky for us, you decided to keep it after all….. LOL:)

Santa Craig’s Christmas Story for 2010:

When the Christmas Card list post opened, I had politely declined this year because of cuts in pay while being on disability. I did not want folks to be sending me cards when I had nothing to offer….all of you know that I like to give what I have, when I have it…and I did not want people to wonder what was wrong with this guy?

Apparently, this did not sit so well with several members of our community. Many of you asked if I would reconsider so you could send me cards. Of course, I said that would be just fine, how can I refuse such beautiful people?

I was disappointed with Cancer at that point, because it had taken the joy away from me this year – my little Santa Craig Project is one of the few “feel good” moments that I get out of each year – I imagine the looks on your faces of surprise – then I listen carefully and wait anxiously, for the laughter in your voice, and the joy in your hearts – and then Christmas is made for me.

I love to do a little Santa Craig present inside each one of your cards. It is a universal gift, that I like to give to the folks in my life who I care about – a simple gift, but one that can touch our lives and give each one of us the exact same feelings… that kind of gift “for everyone” is very hard to find. And I was upset that this tradition would not continue this year.

But then…..when all looked lost, I got an email down here at the “South Pole” in Texas:)

“Another Angel”, out of the goodness and generosity in her heart, wanted to give me cards and postage, so I could participate in this year’s exchange. She’s says she wear horns but I don’t believe it, not anymore. Tells me her “horns are used to hold up the halo” ROFL:)

She went with a “Texas Theme” for her card choice (I agreed with her). And she also picked out the message, and even the color of the ink…all in all, she did a terrific job. She put a lot of love and caring into this and it really meant something to her and to me – she has a terrific eye and attention to detail.

I decided to tell her about the Santa Craig Project and asked her to go back in the archives and look up last year’s posts and to see the joy that was in the community for that period of time….a special time, when Cancer was not the sole topic of discussion.

I told her that “thanks to her” that I could now resurrect the Santa Craig Project this year, because of her gracious spirit – and that together we would now spread joy across the world and try to brighten everyone’s lives, and just for a sliver of a moment, we could reach out and touch our people and make them smile. And then, she can see what a grand thing she had done.

Last year, I saw people’s lives brighten, and their Cancer was temporarily forgotten in all of the joy and trying to figure out what the gift was. Attitudes were changed and this gift became a part of your holiday celebrations – it was so touching and it became a part of your Christmas, which was such a wonderful feeling.

And after that came to pass, I got another package in the mail from “Santa’s Helper.” Another generous soul on this board….she also had sent cards and stamps so that cards could be mailed to family and friends on both sides of the family…so Kim was able to participate this year as well , thanks to “Santa’s Helper.” All of our needs were met and we both thank you for the big heart that beats inside of you – your love of your community was evident in your generosity.

It seems that the Love of this Community has no end…..

I want to thank both of you ladies for everything that you did to help me. You made a Christmas for me that I was not going to have this year – I cannot express my gratitude any deeper than this post. Know that we have all worked together and will have reached our global community, in ways, that only a few weeks ago, did not seem possible.

But then again, everything is possible with this board, as I continue to find out every day that I am fortunate to be here among you all.

Everyone, please remember this – I was given a gift – which in turn allowed me to give you a gift I wanted to give – and that’s my Christmas for myself – but by me being able to give you this token of my affection – that is my Christmas gift back to these ladies – your thoughts and feelings once you receive it.

They will be watching and this year, I could not have done it alone. I’ve teamed up with several members of this community on several occasions, and it has been a sheer delight to work hand in hand with people of such enormous character and conviction.

Type in Santa Craig in the SEARCH section of our board and you can pick up some of the magic that was happenin’ this year, right about this time. It was great to see all of that joy and excitement and how people’s lives were affected on those posts – they still warm my heart and they remind me of a special time – when we were all here together – and Alive together!

Many folks who received this, are no longer with us this year – and it’s in their honor, that this tradition continues here in Semi;Colon Land. We miss them so and wish they were still here with us.

“Angel” put a lot of trust and faith in me this year and I could not let radiation and chemo treatments stop me in my tracks and disappoint her, or any of you either. Me and the elves dug deep and found the strength and inspiration to do our part and help try and make all of this happen, with a little help from our friends. We were given our 2nd Chance and wanted to make it count. After all that we’ve been through this year, this will be a welcome break for us all.

Well, the sleigh is all loaded up and I’ve got to head back out into the night – when someone calls on me, I do my best to deliver:)

And let’s include Harley in all the fun too – think I’m going to take “Santa Paws” in the sled with me on our USA flight this week – he can wiggle into places I can only dream of now…LOL:)

“On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, and of course Rudolph…..giddy-up….we’ve got to ride a lot of miles to collect all of these smiles…”

“And I heard him exclaim, as he rode out of sight – Merry Christmas to ALL – and to ALL, a Goodnight…..”

I wish you Peace, Calmness, and Serenity, as we close out this year. May all of your hopes and dreams come true. See you in 2011:)

HO HO HO !!!
-Santa Craig at the “TX South Pole”

AnneCan
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Craig, this is such a great post; your gracious spirit comes through in spades. You are spreading the Christmas cheer already! I am so happy to read this post - thanks!

ps - How many Texans know about Owen Sound? LOL

Fight for my love
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What a lovely post!I just came back from China,strugling with jet lag and busy with moving to another apartment and settling down.Once I have time,I will get back to you.Take care,my brother.

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hohoho Santa....glad you were forced to take a little break in snowy Owen Sound.....

with deepest love from your Canadian friends....now com'on you guys know that the North Pole is really in Canada don't you????

I believe there is an important outpost in Texas....ahhahaha

love and Christmas hugs

maggie may

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my heart, and my eyes are full!!!!

And to the special santa's helpers...well, you all have earned your wings...

Hugs, Kathi

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Now that was a "Craig Post" if I ever read one!...lol.

See there is a Santa even for Santa Craig!

Glad to hear that you are feeling the spirit of Christmas...and I love your rendition of the Night Before Christmas!

Keep up the HO HO HO!

Hugs to you and Kim,

Marie who loves kitties

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This is so you, Craig- love it! You have one of the warmest hearts I know! :)
I, too, had declined to be on the Christmas card list this year- it wasn't that I didn't want to communicate with everyone, it's just that I'm feeling overwhelmed with things going on that I just don't know how I'm even going to get my "regular" cards done and out this year.
I'm glad some "angels" have spurred you on and even helped to provide the cards and postage for you to do this thing that you love. :)

Maybe I will be spurred on to get the cards out afterall, but please do not feel slighted anyone, if I don't get cards out to you all. I love you all and cherish this board- Merry Christmas!!

Lisa

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Actually the color should be red for the love that you bring to this board. I know I'm knew to this place but I'm so happy to of found it and to find people like yourself. Christmas is all about paying it forward and helping others even if only to make someone smile and forget about the cancer for a moment. From one Texan to another you're a good man Charlie Brown.

Bobby in Dallas

khl8
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Merry Christmas Dear Santa Craig, Merry Christmas!

Hugs,
Kathy

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Santa Craig, you had me smiling from start to finish! Such a wonderful, heartfelt posting. Merry Christmas my friend! Cynthia

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Craig,

You made me smile with this post, not because of the gift coming our way (although that will be appreciated). It's your happiness that makes me smile!

*hugs*
Gail

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Well, I spent the day yesterday cleaning out the ole' wood burning fireplace. Used the oven cleaner on the glass hmmm, what is that thing called? Well, the glass piece that you close while the fire is burning. Wanted to make sure Santa Craig could see his way into the house. LOL. You go man.
Winter Marie

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Love ya man!!!!!!! and Santa's little helpers too. Happiest of holidays to all

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Merry Christmas Santa ,Merry Christmas!.
Hugs ( the three Kings of Orient ).HoHoHo....

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That was so cool Craig.
Speaking of Texas, where abouts you at? Im down here at the end of the map in Corpus Christi. The weather is nice.

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Kenny,

Up here in the Metroplex - chilly weather we're having now.

-Craig

SueRelays
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Hey Santa Craig!!

Wishing for so many blessings for you in 2011!!
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS and as always, THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!!!!

xmomtofourx
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What a beautiful post.

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This is one of the most uplifting and endearing posts I have had the pleasure of reading. Truely goes to the heart of the season. Thanks Craig, I was having a pretty difficult time finding much to be joyous about this year, but this made me smile. I dont post much, but simply reading everyone elses posts has been a blessing. Happy Holidays everyone.

Shane

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Thanks for the awesome post and glad that your santa's helpers were so great to you. You are such an uplifting person. After all you have gone through, you still manage to put everyone first. You're amazing.

Hugs! Kim

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I called the TSA for your sleigh flight Christmas I still have some contacts with the FEDs. Don't worry about the radiation from the naked body scan they won't do that on you. However they seems to be a lot of female TSA people who want to get their hands on you... not to search they all just want to hug you! Sorry did my best! Great post Lou

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...always wanted 2 women at the same time, LOL:)

But HUGS are a fella's next best friend...I'm delivering in the States this week so I'll be on the lookout for any and all comers:)

Thanks, Lou!

-Santa Craig

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Nice post Craig! I missed out of the Christmas card list last year, but it's okay, as I hate Christmas! I even thew a tantrum last year to my guardians that if they bring in a Christmas tree I'll leave. They did...I left...then got back 2 days later. They were upset, but lucky for me the Christmas tree was gone too. They told me they gave it to their relatives who haven't bought their Christmas tree yet. So, I told them this year too that I do not want to see a Christmas tree...I think they know I'll leave, so I don't think they will even try this year...Anyway...you are a nice person, Craig. I don't know you much as a person, even though I've read thousands of posts from you, but you sound a very nice, caring person, and a big fighter. Keep it up!
Sophie

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Did you say you a HO????? LOL...... So glad to see you in the Christmas spirit. oh...santa Craig... I want not only tickets to the superbowl but I would like the Cowboys to be playing in it..... is that asking for too much????? Riiight!!!!!

Luv ya my friend....
Jen

mom_2_3
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Craig,

You are simply amazing. I am in awe of you.
Amy

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Craig,

Wow, you are sounding great. Seems like this Santa Craig guy is very happy and full of the Christmas spirit. All I can say is good for you, and thanks to Santa's helpers for making this possible.

Don

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Such a wonderful message, thank you. Wishing the best to you! Yesterday I received the magazine and what a great article! You should be so proud :)

smiles, Gail

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Hi Craig,

I just got a Texan style card in my mailbox with a gift inside- thank you!!!!!!! :))

Hugs and wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and your wife,
Lisa

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Was quite big - I had my own list from the magazine requests as well as the Christmas list

So some of you are going to get big surprises that you never thought would make it to your door:)

There is over 50 cards that have been sent all over the world, yours will be coming soon and I've got one last batch to mail out tomorrow.

About 75 done so far - let us hear from you:)

-Santa Craig

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Craig,

I had a really good cry when I opened your card and gift today. I am having a bit of a blue holiday season but your compassion and thoughtfulness overwhelmed me. I feel so grateful for people like you and many others on this board. You've all been so kind but you are so strong and courageous. When I think of all you are going through and still take time to make our holidays brighter - it's really special. My David and you would have really liked each other! He adored Christmas and eagerly awaited until the family all gathered and the festivities began!

I am keeping you in my prayers. We need Santa Craig in our lives for a long, long time!

Hugs and Healing,
Priscilla

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I was thinking in you recently !
Wish you a merry chritsmas and happy new year ( despite I know it's going to be hard but try to enjoy it).
And please keep posting sometimes!.
Hugs!

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I really am missing David, especially with the holidays here, but overall I am doing well. I've always had a positive outlook and I am trying to focus on all the good things I have had and still have in my life. I hope you are doing well and I do wish you a wonderful Christmas. My daughter spent a semester in college in Spain and saw a great deal of the country. She didn't want to come home! I hope someday I get to visit!

Hugs and Healing,
Priscilla

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Lori-S
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Just in case you missed it on the other thread .... THANK YOU! What a wonderful surprise and you included my favorite song ... #9. I will play wonderful music as I trim the tree this weekend. Thank you , thank you, thank you. HUGS

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Craig,
I just love you!!!! You are an amazing man with an incredible ability to give. Thank you for brightening my day. You are very special. Anticipating. :)

Aloha,
Kathleen

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What a beautiful post. Your words always touch my heart.

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Dear Santa Craig,

Thank you for the lovely card and the enclosed gift. It will be much appreciated, not just this holiday season but for many more to come.

Hugs,

Marie who loves kitties

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ohhhhh Craig you cutie.....picture two old farts in aprons preparing a big pre-Christmas dinner doing the Texas 2 step round and round the kitchen to lots of great tunes.....hahah

I want to wish a Merry Christmas and love

maggie may

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Santa Craig,

Thanks so much for my card and gift. It couldn't have come at a better time. Was having a really bad day, saw this in the mail and immediately opened it. Listing now and grinning ear to ear, thanks bud I needed it. Happy Holidays to you and Kim, guess i better include Harley too.

Love you man

Don

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You are incredibly generous, Santa Craig. What a labor of love. You really made my day. As I said above, Christmas came early. Thanks.
Joy

khl8
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Dearest Santa Craig,
I received a package in the mail while I was in the hospital, boy this sure made my day! Just when I was feeling down that no one came to see me while I was there, I come home to this wonderful surprise!
It has been a tough few days for me and this just regenerated my holiday spirit!
Love you lots,
Kathy

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How did you know that I would just love the cowboy boot stockings on the fireplace? Nice touch with the golden retriever on the hassock too. Seriously Craig, this is a wonderful gift for a difficult time in my life right now. There's not enough thanks and appreciation for your kindheartedness and creativity.

ho ho ho,
Leslie

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I should always remember what a joy it is reading your posts! They bring tears to my eyes, in a healthy way.

The thought had crossed my mind several times as to how you could have found the time to put this project together, and decided you must have been working on it in small increments for months.

You do so much, and i'm so happy this brings you joy. Happiness and joy are key elements in getting, and staying healthy. A huge thanks to your angels, too! I can't express in words how happy i was to receive the card and gift. I listened to it while finishing up my Christmas shopping online, and it lifted my spirits, and helped me relax. Thank you, thank you!

Many hugs, and blessings to the three of you,
Krista

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