IMG_5225The calendar may say November 9th but I had a surprise encounter with Santa today! He  was busy stocking some lower shelves at a store and I almost ran him over with my shopping cart.  That would have landed me on the naughty list for sure.  But a wink of his eye and a twist of his head soon told me that I had nothing to dread. Even though Santa was working undercover in khakis and a blue shirt, I recognized those cheeks like roses and that nose like a cherry.  The beard on his chin was as white as snow.

I apologized for the near collision and steered my cart in the opposite direction not wanting to bother him .  But with my wondering eyes, I turned around and dared to ask  if he gets surprised looks with  pointing fingers from the children.  His eyes – how they twinkled!  “Oh, yes.”

Santa was kind and sweet; he was chubby and plump.  Santa doesn’t usually have a full beard but he does it for the children. This time of the year, he intentionally grows his beard for the children.  Yes, for the children.  Something simple and something fun for the children. What else does this working Santa do for the children? He works on Black Friday in his full Santa suit.  He will be dressed in fur from his head to his foot. For the children.

My time with Santa ended. He went straight to his work. Instead of  sugarplums dancing in my head, I wondered,  “What can I do  for the children?” Something simple that would cause a smile? Something simple that would add some joy? For the children. That is how I want to live my life…..being intentional for the children. Like Santa.

Happy  Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!

(Clement Clarke Moore, “The Night Before Christmas”)