We say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that is definitely so. But it’s also beginning to sound like Christmas. My husband and I recently went into one of our favorite eating places, and noticed the sounds of Christmas were missing.”Why aren’t you playing Christmas music?” we asked. The manager offered to play it for us, but we think those sounds of Christmas were turned off once we left. Why? “After hearing them all day long, they get to you,” was his excuse. This was surprising to us. No one tires of Christmas carols, or so we thought. I rather think it was some of those crazy ditties, like, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” and others that fall into this category, that got to him. Can Christmas music be more tiring then the music that’s played the rest of the year? Sorry, but for me, it doesn’t seem like Christmas without the sounds of our favorite Christmas carols.
Most people would not consider the sound of a telegraph key, tapping out its message
in dots and dashes as a sound of Christmas. But on our trip to Strasburg, where we rode on the Strasburg railroad, and visited the railroad museum, we discovered an acting railroad station agent tapping out telegrams to Santa’s elves. In the replica railroad station was volunteer, William A. Morgan Jr. of Millheim. In his small office he was surrounded by authentic telegraph keys, the sounder, which is necessary to receive messages, and the old regulator clock, ticking away accurate railroad time. Santa was outside in the station waiting room where he was hearing children’s Christmas wishes and writing every child’s list on an official telegram form. The children, while standing on a stool, then passed the form through a window and listened as the station agent tapped out their messages to Santa’s elves at the North Pole. This way, requests were less likely to be forgotten by Santa, and it gave the kids insight into long-ago communications. We had traveled two and a half hours to get to Strasburg, yet we learned that acting railroad agent, William “Chip” Morgan, grew up just a few miles from our home, in Dallas, PA.
When it comes to making Santa a little more believable, sending telegrams to his elves may help. After all how can Santa remember everyone’s list of hoped-for gifts? At this Christmas season, I, for one, am thankful that I don’t need to rely on anyone relaying my messages to God, I have direct access to him and His son, who was born on the Christmas day we celebrate each year, and who is truly alive and is sitting at God’s right hand interceding for me. It takes faith to believe in our almighty God, whom we can’t see, but through the centuries He has been proven to be alive and well as He worked through the lives of people. Is Santa real? A much more important life changing question is “do you believe God is real?” He is so much more believable. The sound of the old Christmas carols need to be heard, for they convey the true message that the Savior of the world was born on Christmas, and He’s waiting for your choice to believe or not believe.