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Santa Sabbatical About Over

Santa Hays

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It wasn’t a deliberate decision, but for  the past two years I’ve been on Santa sabbatical.  

It’s felt a little weird, especially this year; kind of like the feeling an active church-goer gets when they’ve missed worship for a few Sundays.  It’s like the rest of the week feels a little off when you’ve missed church. 

Stress has been a factor, along with my wife’s health struggles, and a recent transition from care center chaplaincy to serving a new church in a new town.  I did some of my best “Santa-ing” at the care center, but also felt the biggest push-back I’ve ever experienced, from people whose strongly-held religious beliefs had convinced them that Santa was an inappropriate person to appear there (and that a pastor-type person had no business portraying him).

There’s a lot more tolerance at my new setting, and health concerns aren’t nearly as big as they’ve been.  

So let’s raise a toast to the New Year, 2019, with the hope that it’s going to be a great year for all us Jolly Old Elves, Mrs. Clauses, elves and reindeer!  

Peace! Health! Love!

Santa Dan

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Hubcity Santa

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Glass is raised! Glad to hear that everything is going better for you 

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Jason2274

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Sometimes a little rest can really open us up to what we need to do and where we are supposed to be.

Glad to hear that things are going well for you.

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Santa Dan

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As a fellow Santa Dan, I am real happy to have you here. Here is to an amazing 2019 for all of us including Santas with names other than Dan attached.

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Santa Peter

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Glad to have you back my brother in red 

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Tommy

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Glad to hear your situation has improved.  Hope your 2019 will be a wonderfully blessed season.   

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Drosselmeyer

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I am glad to get to know you and look forward to learning from you

I still have a lot to learn about balancing the Santa - Chaplain dynamic . . . but I can sure relate to the push back !

We shall talk soon !!

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Santa Hays

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I expect we'll learn a few things from one another.  Glad to have the company!

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