I want to relay experience to each of you in hopes of getting some answers to what appears, to me, a complicated social issue.
Last Christmas, was my first Christmas as a full-time Santa. I met many kind folks and lots of curious and excited children. On this occasion, there was quite a line-up, and a woman and child approach me from not the regulated way but actually through the exit and behind the camera set up. The woman had a bruise over her right eye and, I noticed, the boy had the same marks on his face. As they approached, I motioned to the elves to stop the other children coming in. Which they did, and I began to visit with the woman and the boy. I was about to reach into my red sack for a toy for the boy when a man approached from the same direction as the woman and boy did. He was obviously intoxicated and smelt of booze. He suddenly grabbed the boy and pulled him up by up off the ground by the boy’s wrists and began to swing the boy to and fro like a pendulum. My heart went sick!
I wanted to report the situation and my concerns but did not. I was caught up with being Santa, the incident got blurred by the busy day.
I would like to have your take on this situation or similar circumstances. I need advice and I am sure this is not an isolated case of abuse. But what can a busy Santa do when something like this occurs?
By Carlo Klemm
This was taken from the organizing committee on Facebook for Parade of Lights in Edmonton
Santa's Parade of Lights
March 13, 2019 @ 10:07 AM ·
"With sad hearts we announce that RWE Events will no longer produce Santa’s Parade of Lights.
Thanks to all the sponsors, participants and most importantly, people of Edmonton for their support.
We’re proud of our little parade and the joy it brought to so many people."
I have been the Santa in this Outdoor Parade since it started in 2015. Of course I feel sad about
#1, Edmonton losing a parade (Calgary has not had a parade for 6+ years)
#2, That a big emotional thrill is now gone from this Santa's life. (Anyone who does a major parade in a large city, especially a Capital City, can attest to the emotions involved in getting ready for and actually partaking in the annual parade.)
I got this email back from the people who have staged this parade in the last 4 years...
We share your disappointment, believe me. Unfortunately, though, we just couldn’t get the financial commitment we need to keep it going.
As you know, Canadian Tire dropped out as title sponsor last year (we don’t know why), and there just isn’t anyone else stepping up. Plus, we applied for a grant from the City and didn’t get it.
It is very discouraging that there wasn’t enough support overall in Edmonton for this parade.
However, we loved doing it and especially loved working with you every year! We really will miss that!
Anyway, I enjoyed our experience last year and at the same time, anything is possible! Someone might step forward and make this happen. But for now, so long!
Enjoy your Santa duties elsewhere this year. And remember – if we ever do resurrect the parade, you will be first Santa we call!
Take care and thanks for your kind words, Carlo!
By Michael Rielly
If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
B. Francis Morlan
December 27, 2018
The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?
Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
It does not have to be like this.
You do not have to take down your tree.
You do not have to kill your lights.
You do not have to turn off your music.
You can, instead, stand up to the madness around you and let Christmas linger a little longer.
The secret to avoiding the post-Christmas blues is deconstructing it much the way you built it in the first place.
For me, Christmas often gets started in July. It is easy then, in the heat of summer, to imagine the frosty glow of our Christmas windows, the frothy foam of our cocoa, and the homey warmth of the decorated tree. Of course, we can’t GET those things in July…but it’s fun to think of them as we sit in a darkened room and watch Christmas movies when it is blazing outside.
This is classic, hardcore denial. And it is good for you.