Most of the Santa Claus experience falls into the routine of Ho Ho Ho, would you like to sit on Santa's lap? What would you like for christmas? Can you give Santa a big hug? This is all a special time and relationship with children and I would not diminish it or minimize it. Once in a while a child breaks out of the regular "Christmas Story" script and throws a curve. "I had one of those peak experiences yesterday on my second day on the chair this year. I want to mention it because what a 5 year old girl said deserves to be heard. After a short list of the popular presents she wished "all the children in cages were let go". Santa was in a real dilemma. The easy out was, "OK Santa will take care of that," which would have blown this little girl's angel nature out of the water when it did not happen. I chose to respond with "I am not sure if I can do that, but I will go see the children and tell them I love them and God loves them."
Santa of Enchantment teaches us all that love is the greatest gift of all, and it must begin within each and every one of us.