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Column: When pigs fly? A modern Christmas story

Santa is coming so hurry to bed . . . . but the parents were shocked when their young boy said,

"It's just a big story and it's a huge lie. I'll believe in Santa when I see pigs fly!"

In Arizona, Santa landed his sleigh, to give the reindeers a much needed rest.

They were tired and coughing, not feeling their best.

Santa worried and wondered - did they all have the flu?

If reindeers were sick, what would he do?

While pondering this, Santa let out a sigh

As he watched with amusement a javelina come by.

The big sturdy beast made a loud snorting noise,

As he stood before Santa's satchel of toys.

"Santa we are javelinas, eight of us strong.

Give us a chance and we won't do you wrong.

Let your reindeers sleep while we pull your big sleigh.

We'll get gifts to the children before light of day."

In the light of the moon, Santa laughed out loud,

As eight javelinas stood - all looking proud.

The reindeers looked on from the field where they lay,

As Santa just shrugged and said, "What can I say?"

So eight javelinas were hitched to the sled.

Santa jumped in and nodded his head.

"Go to the sky," he yelled to the crew

And into the night they happily flew.

In Arizona parents and kids looked up in the sky,

Laughing and pointing at pigs who could fly!

The boy who was watching for some kind of proof

Saw eight javelinas land on his roof!

Santa shouted, "Tonight believe in all things that are good."

Made possible by javelinas who knew that they could . . . .

Fly to the heavens and soar through the night.

Merry Christmas to all on this special night!

Well, Dear Readers, it is that time of year again. And to add to the celebration of Christmas we are going to have a full moon on Christmas Day. The first one since 1977! What were you doing 38 years ago? I had graduated from nursing school, was moving to California, had big hair, loved Fleetwood Mac and stood in line for hours to see this amazing new movie, called "Star Wars."

Life was different "way back" in 1977. The average price of a house was $49,000 and average rents were $240. Jimmy Carter was elected president and Elvis died. A gallon of gas cost 65 cents and a luxury BMW cost about $7,000. There was no Facebook! No cellphones! No Twitter! We sent letters. A company with a strange name, called Apple, introduced a new computer.

So here we are, 38 years older and wiser. Pigs may not fly, but we know that time does. Enjoy the beauty of a full moon this Christmas, as it won't happen again on Christmas Day for another 20 years! Spike the eggnog, stand under some mistletoe, hug the kids, eat the cookies, sing a carol, light a candle and look up into the night sky. If we are lucky, we might see the silhouette of Santa and eight javelinas in the brilliance of the full moon. Or we might have spiked the eggnog too much. Either way, have a very Merry Christmas!

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at

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