Operation Christmas: Keeping Santa alive in hearts of children, delivering presents


Thanks to Tuesday, I now have another skill and job to add to my resume.

Shortly after Christmas lunch I donned a Santa costume and delivered presents to the Macari family in Canton, Kan.

Santa ToddSanta ToddAll the adults got either flashlights or tea sets, but the children got a variety of gifts, ranging from movies and video games to Webkinz and other toys that brought them all joy.Santa ToddSanta Todd

I was asked to do this by Letha Macari a few days ago. She said it was a tradition, and when she and her husband, Vic, were discussing who could be Santa this year, my name was suggested.

Being asked to help the mystical lore of Santa continue for their grandchildren was an honor, and I was glad to help them out.

In retrospect, though, I should have practiced more prior to showing up and distributing the gifts. I think everyone was pleased with my Santa performance, but I feel like I could have done more.

Maybe I could have jollier, maybe I could have been fatter, or maybe I could have simply spent more time memorizing the names and distinguishing characteristics of each child.

Regardless, though, I feel I did OK. After all, it was my first time as Santa, and I surely can go better next time.

But, even if I never get the opportunity to be Santa for the Macari family again, I think I have been inspired.

I now plan on creating a Web site about Santa. Due to my infatuation with news, it might be a news-type site, or it might be a biographical site about Santa.

I’m not sure yet, but I think I definitely want to build something.

I’ll be sure not to mimic any existing, Santa-orientated sites, but I do want to help keep Santa alive in the hearts of children everywhere.

It is a vital part of childhood, and no boy or girl should be deprived of the wonder surrounding the jolly elf form the North Pole.

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