Carl Dentai, his wife Teresa and five year old daughter Brigitta fled Hungary in the last days of World War II. The Soviet Red Army advanced in May 1945. Carl was lucky enough to survive a Nazi Death Camp and just barely avoid living under Soviet communist rule. His family made it to a town in Austria occupied by American troops. The Dentai’s and other refugees who took up residence in abandoned box cars. It was a harsh life of survival with very little food available. Especially in the winter.
One Man Selflessly Spreads Christmas Cheer
A few days before Christmas an American Private named Philip Pelletier visited the family. He had met little Brigitte at the American run school she attended. Philip wanted to take her to a Christmas party. As an adult Brigitte recounted how magical it was to go from her life of poverty to a holiday party of good cheer. Fancy food, light, music and things she never saw before. It was an evening she never forgot. When Philip returned her to the boxcar he shared some wine with her parents and they all became good friends. Their dreary world was infused with the Spirit Of Christmas courtesy of one mans kindness.
The Spirit Of Christmas Brings People Together
Philip would return on regular basis with food and supplies. They soon considered him a member of the family. The other refugees also benefited from his kindness. Unfortunately, the day came when his squad was shipped out and they never saw him again. After 11 years of hardship the Dentai Family made it to America. They searched over 30 years for Philip and finally found him in the late 1980’s courtesy of the TV show Unsolved Mysteries as seen in the story at the top of this page. Philip was a retired postal worker living in Maine where the happy reunion took place. Regrettably, Teresa passed away years earlier. The three continued to stay in touch until their final days on Earth in the early 2000’s.
An Unknowing Human Elf
Philip Pelletier was in an elite enchanted group of humans considered Human Elves by the Demi-Angel Santa Claus himself. Indeed Phillip had continued his spirit of giving when he came from abroad. He even unknowingly met a real elf in the 1960’s. Some Human Elves are let into the supernatural world of Saint Nicholas’s Christmas in their lifetimes while others are meant to take their journey without such knowledge. However, those individuals are given a choice upon death. After he died in 2001 Philip’s spirit awoke in North Pole City with the option to be resurrected there to live as an Immortal or move on to the afterlife.
An Earthly Afterlife As One Of Santa’s Elves
Philip chose to stay for a time. His new biological form reverted to his younger WW II form and he was granted special Christmas powers. In a way he was life an Angel who would venture into the world every so often to help out people as the regular Elves would. After 17 years he decided he wanted to go to Heaven and be with those he had previously lost. During a saintly ascension ceremony Santa Claus sent Philip to Heaven. Philip continues to visit North Pole City every Christmas in his Angel form along with the entire Dentai Family.