By Paula @ Holiday World

Thank you to all the veterans whose devotion to our country has kept us safe and free over the centuries.

In 1916, this young Navy man helped plan a ship-board Christmas party at the Brooklyn Shipyard for underprivileged children.

Since he liked to talk about being from a town near Santa Claus, Indiana, he was asked to play Santa for the children.

After experiencing the love and hope in those children’s eyes, young Jim Yellig made a promise to God, “If you get me through this war, I will forever be Santa Claus.”

Jim Yellig in 1914

And of course, he kept his promise…

Santa Jim Yellig

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