Tonight I went to my sister-in-law Jill’s house for a very special treat . . . SANTA! The City we live in offers an amazing program in which you can request for the fire department to bring Santa to your house in a fire truck with lights and sirens. Jill is a very generous person and since she had arranged for this visit for her kiddo’s, she also invited 5 other families with a total of about 12 kids to her house and fed everyone dinner while we waited for our “special guest” . Once the fire truck arrived Santa, Mrs. Clause, a helper and a fire man all came into the house yelling “Ho Ho Ho” and sharing the Christmas cheer. Watching those little kids light up when Santa walked in was Inspiring! No matter your position on religion or the existence of Santa . . . it’s impossible not to melt when you see kids jump up down shouting, “It’s Santa!!!”
This night couldn’t have come at a better time for me because as December has rolled in so quickly, my thoughts have been more on shopping lists, sales, stress, money and my schedule than anything else. This is unfortunate because the holidays should be about love, family and faith (in whatever that may be). I am lucky enough to have lots of family around me, lots of people in my life to love and faith in something bigger than me. So I am thankful for Jill and Santa reminding me tonight to stop and take a deep breath and enjoy the holiday season. And I wish that for you too. I hope you take the time to stop and see Christmas thru a child’s eyes and I promise you that it will change your perspective too.
And as an early holiday gift for you . . . an embarrassing secret about me. I believed in Santa until I was 11.