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  • Making Sure of It

    From The Birmingham Age Herald, December 14, 1913.

    Where I went downtown with Mamma they had Santa in a store
    Dressed up like you always see him, walking up and down the floor;
    And they said if you would tell him what you wanted him to bring,
    When he came around on Christmas, you’d get every single thing.

    So I told him that I wanted most a nice big fancy doll,
    One with lots of pretty dresses, hat and gloves and parasol,
    And he said he’d see I got it, but I must be very good,
    And be sure to learn my lessons and mind Mamma as I should.

    Then we went a little further, to the next store in the square,
    And no sooner were we in it than we saw a Santa there.
    And it got me awful puzzled, till I stopped and thought it out,
    And I saw that just one Santa never would get all about.

    Course there must be plenty of them, like policemen on a beat,
    And I wondered if the first one that I told would have our street;
    Cause if they should send the other, how would he know what to do?
    So to have my doll for certain, why I told that Santa, too.