Yes, Virginia, You Can Learn Something from Cranky Elves

Gold Can Stay

IMG_4272I suppose if it were a scene from the movie Bad Santa, it would have been amusing: Santa ambling up the mall hallway, candy cane cane in hand to steady his gait, his anticipating groupies—ages ten and under—waiting (perhaps not especially) patiently for his arrival back from his scheduled dinner break.  Chaos abounded—as is to be expected at this most festive time of year.  To get a handle on things, both my mother-in-law and I virtually simultaneously inquired of two of Santa’s “elves” where we should line up.  Both pointed to our right, so line up we did. We were the first to do so.  So, once Santa seated himself and visited briefly with weeks-old twins, my three boys made their enthusiastic way up to his capacious chair.

We choose this same spot every year.  First of all, Santa’s beard is real; and, not immaterially, he is also patient…

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