Santa's Kite Tree

by Gary Crenshaw
(Hampton,Ga USA)

There is magic in the air and its not a new kite this time. It is a mystery solved from years ago and for many years to come. I'm talking about the fly-aways that we all have experienced through our lives, at least those of us who are kite fliers and model airplane builders and for the most part - kids at heart.

I have always wondered just how far a fly-away kite might have traveled before resting back on earth after the wind settles down for the evening and that model airplane flier who see their prize model get smaller and smaller as it disappeared in a thermal until out of sight.

Tell me this, how many times in your life have you witnessed a kite or a model airplane floating down from high altitude that someone had lost miles away? Well, there you go, they have to be somewhere. I have figured this mystery out and here it is.

You will find all these fly-aways hanging on Santa's Christmas tree as ornaments. Thats right, he has his reindeer fly on training missions all year long and part of their duties is to round up all the fly-aways and bring them to the North Pole. You see, Santa only leaves there one night a year so this his only means to get ornaments for his tree.

So if you ever get a chance to stop by and visit Ole Santa, look around on his Christmas tree and I bet you find the fly-away kite or model airplane in the condition you last seen it. Oh yeah, and if you have ever lost a sock in the wash, well the Elf's need stockings to hang up too. Stranger things have happened.

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Always wondered...
by: Tim Parish

Well, not really, but I guess some wide-eyed kids will come through here and find The Answer ;-)

Thanks for kicking off the new year with that story Gary.

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