Claus thought that none of the children would ever know where the toys came from which they found by their bedsides when they wakened the following morning. But kindly deeds are sure to bring fame, and fame has many wings to carry its tidings into far lands; so for miles and miles in every direction people were talking of Claus and his wonderful gifts to children. The sweet generousness of his work caused a few selfish folk to sneer, but even these were forced to admit their respect for a man so gentle-natured that he loved to devote his life to pleasing the helpless little ones of his race.
Therefore the inhabitants of every city and village had been eagerly watching the coming of Glaus, and remarkable stories of his beautiful playthings were told the children to keep them patient and contented.
When, on the morning following the first trip of Claus with his deer, the little ones came running to their parents with the pretty toys they had found, and asked from whence they came, there was but one reply to the question.
"The good Claus must have been here, my darlings; for his are the only toys in all the world!"
"But how did he get in?" asked the children.
At this the fathers shook their heads, being themselves unable to understand how Claus had gained admittance to their homes; but the mothers, watching the glad faces of their dear ones, whispered that the good Claus was no mortal man but assuredly a Saint, and they piously blessed his name for the happiness he had bestowed upon their children.
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IMAGE CREDIT: The Santa Claus Club Author: Lewis Jesse Bridgman (1857-1931). Publisher: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1907. Original from: the New York Public Library, Digitized: May 16, 2007. Length: 80 pages. Subjects: Biography & Autobiography › Presidents & Heads of State, Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State, Children's poetry, Nursery rhymes, Parades, Presidents, Santa Claus.
TEXT CREDIT: The life and adventures of Santa Claus Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Publisher: The Bowen-Merrill company, 1902. Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: Apr 22, 2005. Length: 206 pages, Subjects: Fiction › Fantasy › General, Christmas stories, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction / Classics, Fiction / Fantasy / General, Religion / Holidays / Christmas & Advent, Santa Claus.