*Personally, I choose not to believe the suspicious undertones in reports that claim Eric Schmitt-Matzen, the 61-year old Tennessee man who makes his living around this time of year as Chris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, actually LIED about the sad day a family called him to their dying child’s bedside to fulfill the boy’s last wish.
Santa tearfully recounted to The Knoxville Sentinel how the little boy asked him ‘how will I know where to go’ when I get there and ‘will you help me’ before taking his last breath in Santa’s arms. Schmitt-Matzen went on to describe how he ‘handed the child back to his mother who had been watching through a glass window with family – all too emotional to enter with Santa; who had requested they stay outside if they couldn’t handle it so that he could ‘do his job.”
But now, after Santa has had his sweep with fame; doing all kinds of TV shows, interviews and such, it seems someone had the brilliant idea to ask him the boys name.
The media grew suspicious when Schmitt-Matzen responded, “I told the family I wouldn’t reveal that.”
The Knoxville Sentinel even retracted the story, with an editor’s note that read: Although facts about (Schmitt-Matzen’s) background have checked out, his story of bringing a gift to a dying child remains unverified.”
The paper even added, The News Sentinel cannot establish that Schmitt-Matzen’s account is inaccurate, but more importantly, ongoing reporting cannot establish that it is accurate.
All this writer can say is, Santa Schmitt-Matzen, you’d better come clean quick. Prove you didn’t create such a sad, sad story just to get attention. At 61-years of age, that would be so much more than a damn shame.
And we won’t even speak of how it will affect your life’s karma.