photography by Anthony
An Annual Family Christmas Tradition.
I saw Santa Claus last night.
Santa visits my mother's side of the family every Christmas Eve. Without the sounds of jingle bells ringing and a lot of "ho ho ho-ing" it wouldn't be the same. While there is lots of giggling at the kids table during dinner, there is a hushed whispering at the adult table of who will don the red suit.
Four out of the six children still believe in Santa. Since the children are older and would recognize anyone who would pretend to play Santa, even the women are considered to be the jolly old man. My cousin's girlfriend volunteered. I'd have to admit that she was possibly our most petite Santa ever. Instead of sitting on Santa's lap this year, we pulled up an extra chair... we didn't want to have a flattened Santa!
Santa pulls a present out of
his her sack and calls each person by name. Individually we go up and get a present from Santa and a photo opportunity. It is a fun and most memorable moment of the evening. I can't remember a year without a Santa Claus... except for the year we were stranded on Christmas Eve at the Chicago airport.
What's your favorite family Christmas tradition?