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?
Here's a little template I've been working on this year to fill my need to carry my I.D. and Naughty-Or-Nice-o-meter,
It yields a 4" x 5.5" Santa Satchel that sits squarely on a 4" belt (or hangs a little past the bottom of a 3.5" belt).
Basic instructions are printed on the template (which should be adequate for anyone with a little sewing or leatherwork experience), but I can write up a more involved tutorial if needed!
I've only finished one prototype so far, but it survived my first season pretty well!