As I was unpacking the Christmas decorations a few days ago, I was greeted by an old friend whom I hadn't seen in several years: Santa Bank.
I don't remember when Santa Bank came to live with us. He's been a part of the family for as long as I can remember.
I also don't know where Santa Bank came from. I assume that he was a gift to me when I was a small child. His left foot says that he came from "Mexico." I wish I knew how he got from Mexico to me.
He's got a few cracks and chips, and part of his nose is missing. He's obviously been well-loved.
Somebody raided Santa Bank a while back (probably me), as you can see from the injury to his backside. He's still got some coins rattling around inside, but I just leave them there. These days, you just never know when a few extra coins might come in handy.
Santa Bank hasn't come out to visit for quite a few years. He's old and fragile (like me), and I was worried that he wouldn't survive my daughter's curiosity.
Hopefully Santa Bank will survive long enough for my daughter's children to forget where he came from.
This post is part of the "2012 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories," and was originally posted on December 17, 2009. Slight modifications have been made.