Notes From The Kitchen
Random Musings and Stories
My last post was about my most recent adventures as Santa Claus. I've been performing as Santa for 20 years now and have had some amusing interactions I thought you might find amusing.
First a tale of the power of Santa even on adults: There was once a time I was running a bit behind so I put on the Santa suit before leaving the house and drove to the location in costume so I would be ready to go. As I'm in the left lane passing a slower moving car, a car comes flying up on me. He tailgates me until I'm around the other car and I move back to the right. He lays on the horn and starts to fly by me. As he gets even with me, he turns toward me angrily. I smile and shake my index finger at him as if to say, "naughty, naughty, naughty." He sheepishly faced straight ahead, slowed down, and moved into the right lane, driving the speed limit the rest of the time I was behind him.
Another time, I was asked to perform as Santa for a classroom of children who could not ordinarily visit Santa in traditional settings. The class was wonderful and I was so glad I was able to do that for them. As I was walking through the school to the classroom, in full costume, little kids in the hall were excited and abuzz. Suddenly, one boisterous little girl yelled out, "You're NOT Santa!"
I replied with, "Of course I am."
"No, you're NOT!"
"But if I'm not Santa, how do I know what you did at recess the other day when you thought the teacher wasn't paying attention?"
Her eyes grew huge and she shrieked, "It IS Santa!"
On more than one occasion, I was a bit taken aback when a child would ask, "What do you want for Christmas, Santa? Does anyone every give you presents?"
Seeing Santa can be an overwhelming experience for a child. I always the child knows that they are in control of the situation; if they want to just stand by the chair or tree, they can. If they would rather mommy or daddy get their picture with Santa while holding them, that's fine. I'll try to make them laugh if I can. If they child is old enough, I have a surefire tension breaker that almost always gets a smile from them (and usually a brief look of panic from the parent): I'll ask the child if they want to know a secret. They'll usually nod or say yes, then I tell them, conspiratorially: "When I was your age, I was afraid of Santa, too. <cue the parent getting nervous and the child giving a quizzical look> In fact, it was so bad, every time I would look in the mirror, it scared me. I would try to brush my teeth, see myself in the mirror and get scared. Sometimes, I still do!" This usually gets a giggle and the picture can be taken.
Having done this for twenty years, I've actually seen children grow up and become parents who then bring their children to see Santa. One of the more memorable was a little girl who was particularly shy when she first encountered Santa. Her mom had been very shy her first visit with Santa, then quickly warmed up to him and every year after, she was Santa's best friend, having to be dragged away from him. I told her this story and she looked at her mom for confirmation. Her mom smiled, ready to play along, when I called her by name and said, "Isn't that right?" I'm not sure which one this surprised more but mom was able to get her daughter's picture with Santa that year.
I think some of the best responses happen when it's a child I know when not Santa or when I can get one of my elves to tell me the child's name before he or she approaches. The look of surprise and wonder on their faces when Santa calls them by name is just incredible.
And with that, we at The Corner Cabinet would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
My name is Susan and I, along with my husband Mark, am the owner and operator of The Corner Cabinet, LLC. I spend my days baking the goodies we sell in our store and love trying out new recipes. I'll be sharing recipes here periodically, in the hopes that others enjoy them as much as we do. The recipes posted will be recipes we've either tried and enjoyed or are my own personal recipes. Any jokes or puns posted are all Mark's and I apologize in advance for them.