Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa T. Claus

Santa T. Claus


When Troy was a child Santa conveniently arrived at his house right after he got in bed and would proceed to stomp around on the roof.  When he heard the footsteps and the deep laugh that could only belong to jolly man in the red suit he would rush to sleep so that Santa could come in and deliver the presents.  In the morning he would go outside to find the bootprints that would have been left behind the night before. 

Santa is pure magic and happiness and we could all use a little more of that in our lives, no matter what our current age may be. 

Mr. Santa T. Claus (T standing for Troy) made an appearance at the annual Argosy holiday party for all employees and their families last night.  Unfortunately I do not have a good picture to show you, so you will have to look at the above picture and use your imagination a little bit to see the gray eyebrows, rosy cheeks, twinkling eyes, and a round little belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly. 

This is the second time in our marriage that Santa T. Claus has put on the red suit and invited wide eyed children to sit on his lap.  He absolutely loves this task and has been thrilled each time he has been asked to take on this very important impersonation.  Representing Santa is a responsibility that he does not take lightly and he spends significant time thinking about what he will say to the children and the best way to respond to their wish list request.  There was an abundance of products used in front of the bathroom mirror trying to figure out how to make his eyes look older (because that’s really all you can see after the beard goes on).  I imagine “Ho Ho Ho” was rehearsed numerous times as he was alone in the car on the drive into work that day.  I feel it is important for you to know that he does have a mighty convincing “Ho Ho Ho” and loves to break it out at random times throughout the year.  I wish I had a sound clip to accompany the photo so you could hear it for yourself. 

Santa T. Claus embraces this honor with a sense of pride and responsibility.  I have not had the opportunity to pay him a visit while he has been hard at work…yet, but I’m positive he is very convincing.  I don’t need to see it to believe it: Santa T. Claus is amazing at what he does.  This is something he loves to do and the excitement level is just as high for him as it is for the kids who get to sit on his lap. 

It may be time to seriously start searching for a nice Santa outfit that can be kept and used year after year.  Perhaps even a Mrs. M. Claus outfit to match?

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle.  But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night! 

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