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|Playing Santa At The Ward Christmas Party|
Dec. 21st, 2007 at 6:25 pm
If a member of the bishopbric asks you to play Santa Claus at the ward Christmas party, does that mean you’re fat?
Well, a few weeks ago I was asked if I’d be willing to do this. I was feeling amused, nervous and insulted at the request, so yes, I agreed to do it.
No one should ever try on a Santa suit until performance day and I went along with that well-established pattern.
The Santa suit consisted of:
Additional notes on the overall Santa experience:
a) Santa is a very popular dude. You won’t have to go around the room to say hello to the kids and give them candy canes because they will rush you en masse. If there are choices between red-and-white candy canes and colored candy canes, some children (or their parents) may come back asking if they can have the colored ones, because those ones are better.
b) Children can be divided into basically three groups: a) the youngest who apprehend Santa as a god-like figure and are consequently terrified out of their minds at the sight of large men wearing the color red; b) a slightly older group of kids who fiercely and loyally believe in and love Santa but may just recognize that danithew has a calling in the ward nursery and (how dare he) is “pretending to be Santa”; c) a fairly large contingent of kids between the ages of 5 and 9 years who know THE TRUTH and want to let the fake Santa know that HE ISN’T REAL.
c) it’s a good thing that this Santa was only handing out candy canes and reading a pop-up book although one devastated child told Santa that he had “forgotten something” and that he was supposed to listen to what he wanted for Christmas at which point Santa told him that he should tell his parents what he wanted and they, in turn, would tell Santa.
Which reminds me that the only thing worse than lying about Santa Claus is lying about Santa Claus IN CHURCH.
One last note – the next day in nursery one of my favorite kids looked at me very accusingly and said “YOU PRETENDED TO BE SANTA!”