BC: Recreated by Sara Studley and Trish Granucci | ....Don't forget... He is watching you!
FC: Created by Mary Alice Bennett | The Story Of Maba Tanaka
1: The Story of Maba Tanaka Dedicated to Mary Alice and Harold Bennett
2: How many families do you know who have their very own Christmas Elf? Not many families are as lucky as ours. Read on to see how it all came to be.
3: There is a charming little house located at 2410 L Street in the city of Sacramento. In this house lived a family of seven. There was the mom, dad, two boys named Bernie and Kenny and three girls named Marilyn, Tricia, and Nancy.
4: One chilly winter evening on December 8, 1957 something magical happened. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Day, and the children were home from school. The five children were helping their mom get the fire place ready for the evening fire. When all of a sudden, they noticed that the fire had been magically lit. They also noticed that several pieces of candy had been hidden around the house. The children had no idea who lit the fire and hid the candy.
5: The mom said, "It wasn't me. I was in the kitchen cooking the chicken." The dad said, "It wasn't me either. I was gathering more firewood from the back". The Mom then remembered that she had once heard of a story similar to this when she was a little girl. She had heard that only special families were chosen to have a "Christmas Elf" come visit and bring special treats to well behaved children.
6: The elf would visit from December 8th through December 25th, Christmas Day.
7: He Came! He Came! | The next night, the same magic happened. Again the fire was lit and candies were hidden throughout the house. The children were just thrilled. "He came, he came!" they shouted as they ran down the stairs and saw that the fire had been lit.
8: They started to search high and low for the candy. They left no pillow unturned. They found candy in between cushions on the couch, in the Christmas tree, in the peep hole, and in the rocking chair.
9: They also found candy on the light sconces, in the mail box, and on top of the drapes. That elf had some really clever hiding places.
10: Finally the children could stand the suspense no longer. One night, when he had obviously been there, the children left a note asking the elf to sign his name.
11: When the elf made his next visit, he snuck into the house and saw that the parents were busy and that the children were upstairs playing. The coast was clear. As he crept by the table the elf saw the note written by the children.
12: He had never been given a name before and had to create one for himself. Finally it dawned on him. The five children had been named Marilyn, Bernard, Tricia, Nancy, and Kenny. That made their initials M,B,T,N and K. By simply adding an "A" after each initial it became Ma Ba Ta Na and Ka, "Maba Tanaka". Now the elf had a name which of course made him definitely part of the family. He was the "Christmas Elf" no longer. He had signed his name Maba Tanaka.
13: Maba Tanaka | From that moment on, that elf became a definite part of our Christmas preparations.
15: Maba Tanaka is a bit of a leprechaun too. He has been known to track in wet leaves and leave them on the front rug for the mom to clean up. He would make off with misplaced keys and the like. He even ate a dessert that one of the grandchildren made. Even though we blame him for a lot, and may get frustrated with our elf, we still love him dearly and see him as a part of our family.
16: One day, the dad had been patrolling the streets of Sacramento on his police motorcycle. He came home that night and told the children that he had caught sight of little Maba Tanaka and took out after him. But Maba Tanaka was too fast. By the time the dad caught up with him, he could only grab the elf by the back of his jacket. Maba Tanaka was a most clever elf. He slipped out of his jacket, leaving the dad and the jacket behind. Fortunately, the little green jacket fit the youngest child, Kenny, perfectly.
19: As the children grew, so have the stories of Maba Tanaka. He has made his presence known. Through grammar school, high school, and college. He even went to Korea with one of the children, Bernie, while he was in the army.
20: Maba Tanaka has also visited the next generations. To this day, he is still leaving candy, lighting fires or candles, and getting into mischief. Maba Tanaka will always be in our family and our hearts. We know that he will be with us for future generations to come. | The End
21: The story of Maba Tanaka will continue. Please add your own special memories of Maba Tanaka on this page.