As of today, we are officially 51 days from Christmas. Given that Remembrance Day has yet to happen, a lot of people think it’s too early to start thinking about Christmas. But like it or not, before too long, stores will be setting up their Christmas displays – if they haven’t already.
But there are absolutely people out there who have already started preparing for the holiday season. I saw a woman roll down the sidewalk across the street from our studio this afternoon in a wheelchair that was totally decked, like the halls, with Christmas decorations.
The Christmas season also starts very soon for those lovable bearded men who spread joy and cheer to children everywhere: mall Santas!
I’ve been privileged enough to get to know one of our local Santas who puts smiles on the faces of the children who come through Peterborough Square, and I was so lucky that he actually came by and greeted ME last Christmas Eve!
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) December 24, 2016
Now you may think that in order to be Santa, all you really need is a bit of a belly and a big white beard. Yes, it absolutely helps to have those things, but there is so much more that goes into being a Santa. I came across this video which describes the training the members of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas go through to ensure they not only bring joy to these kids’ hearts, but also to avoid a lawsuit, among other things.
Who knew so much went into the preparation? That video is from 12 years ago, so things are likely a little different these days, but I’m sure the fundamentals are all the same. And being a somewhat portly, bearded fellow myself, it’s something I can see myself doing when I get to be a little more mature and, well… uh… grey. Though from listening to Santa Tim, I wonder if I’d have the self control to keep up the character, even when I get cut off in traffic, for example.
While I won’t be setting up my Christmas decorations until AT LEAST December, I definitely cant’ wait to catch up with my old pal Santa again at Peterborough Square.