It's no secret that I embrace the roll of Santa Claus. Basically, I look like the guy, so it's an easy transformation to become the character so beloved by children, malls, and department stores.
Each year there are many memorable moments as I visit in homes, corporate parties, fund raisers, special needs homes, and children everywhere. And each year I try to remember my most treasured occurrences and narrow it down to just one or two absolute favorites. This year isn't over for me as I write this, but already I'm overloaded with favorite moments.
If I had to pick one favorite moment so far from this year, it would be with a five-year-old girl in front of an audience of many hundreds of family members. (Not just her family, but families of a large group of children brought together for a Christmas pageant.) She came up on stage to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, but she had a couple of questions she wanted me to answer first. It went something like this:
Santa: What would you like this year?
Child: Santa? I want to ask you some questions first.
Santa: Okay. What are your questions?
Child: Which reindeer is your favorite?
Santa: All of them. Santa has no favorite.
Child: Oh. Well, what is your favorite cookie?
Santa: The round ones. Santa likes the round ones best.
Child: Okaaaaay. I see where this is going.
I guess you had to be there, but the audience was in stitches, and Santa almost fell out of his chair laughing.
Last year I received a photo taken of me holding my grand-niece, and I do believe it is my all-time favorite moment. To her I've always been 'Uncle Santa', and I hope it always remains that way.