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If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong

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When Michael first posted this, it was an early January morning and I had just returned from walking the mall with my wife.  An elderly woman stopped me and asked if I portrayed Santa at Christmas (I keep my silvery beard and hair year round and was wearing a nice camel Pee coat with a red scarf).  I told her 'no,' but that I was Santa.  She got a delightful expression on her and began to tell me all about her grandchildren and their love of Christmas.

I get these all year round because when I go out in public, I wear Santa casual clothing.  Any of us who keep our beards through the year also have these kind of rendezvous with children and adults.

My wife and I do a lot of entertaining in our home since I pastor a church.  My office at home sits right beside the doorway to the main bathroom, so when people visit, they get a glimpse of my office.  The office features a big roll top desk with snow globes, and compasses, many dozens of Santa figures and statuettes.  Trains run across the top of the desk and also on a shelf that runs around the perimeter of the room up above.  Behind the desk is a big, beautiful walnut wardrobe that has all my Santa suits and shirts and such.  On the book shelves sit wooden toys and decorated boxes and books.

While the decorations are removed by late January in the rest of the house, my office remains fully decorated and in character all year.  And visitors absolutely love it when they peer in and see it.  It is like looking into Santa's sanctum, the place where he sorts through all the letters and writes his own lists of good and naughty.

But my office also keeps me entirely in the spirit year round.  

I love my job!  


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