V.A.C.#11- Dear Santa

Good late evening Travellers,

I have just had a Christmas miracle!! Or at least from my perspective…I have just discovered how to get blueberry stains out of clothes thanks to Epicurious…Let me back up, I bought myself this fabulous pink hoodie on a substantial sale from the Gap for Christmas. It’s the men’s style, in a size small, it fits like no other hoodie I have known..Truly, I am so very fond of said hoodie, poetry could written about this hoodie, you should go get yourself five…

This morning, I wore this confection of pink loveliness for the first time, and then promptly, within an hour of donning it, I got blueberry juice squirted all down the front of me from my breakfast muffin…OHHH, the despair, the frustration, the anger, then more despair than I should have probably had, but it is so frustrating to spill anything on yourself as an adult, isn’t it? And even worse on something new that you’ve never worn before…Is it not just irritating as f**ck? Isn’t it safe to say a hallmark of adulthood is getting 100% of your food/drink into your mouth 100% of the time, is that not a reasonable expectation for ourselves?? Beware the blueberries my friends that’s all I’m saying…

Anyhow, if you are ever in the need to know, I linked the solution to said abysmal problem above…

NOW, onto today’s tiny door…When we open our 11th little door of our virtual advent calendar, we find a tiny picture of a little Santa with a tiny little child sitting on his lap…

First, may I digress to address the weirdness of that particular tradition here in America…Do they still do this? I’m not sure, I don’t have kids, but I know here in town, there is a place I could take my dogs to sit on Santa’s lap, which let’s be honest, can only go a million ways wrong, so I’ve never tried…My dogs, who are usually quite friendly, want to murder my mail man on the daily basis, who is a super nice guy. I can only imagine the horror of a Santa visit…

Do you remember standing in line in a mall or store as a child to get your turn to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you’d like for Christmas that year?…Again, it’s really kinda weird isn’t it? Sitting on a strange man’s lap and asking for something, plus any bright kid can do the math when there are multiple Santas in town for lap sitting…”They’re his helpers” my ass…

However one of the greatest things about young youth is the gift of naivety, isn’t it? Or rather we are so wanting things like Santa to be real, we believe…an odd joy really when you examine it under the harsh light of reality…but we’ll come to that conversation soon enough…

When I was young, and this story was told to me rather second hand as I don’t recall any of this, but apparently I went through a phase of strongly disliking beards on ALL men. As you can imagine, I did not want to visit Santa. Very problematic facial hair. I think there was some crying, maybe screaming, not sure, again, I honestly can’t remember, obviously I’ve blocked that memory…

In fact, I was also told, my own Grandfather had to shave his beard because apparently I wouldn’t come near him…Again, I don’t recall any of this, but it somehow doesn’t surprise me….beards can be very attractive on men, but always abit bristly like walrus whiskers.

The point however of all of this is tonight, or today, or during this coming week, I want you to give serious thought about what is the one thing you would ask Santa for this year…you get one ask, what would it be? And in this version, it doesn’t have to be a concrete gift per say, like a car or helicopter, it can be something more…

You could ask for bravery, or to find your heart filled with hope again, maybe it’s to beat a disease, or forgive someone or find a new job, or commit to a major life change, maybe a stronger will, or freedom in some way. Maybe your wish would be for someone else, because a funny thing happens as you age, Christmas’s meaning tends to shift. I think the natural evolution is to worry less about our own gift list and more about the people we care about or just a small act of festivity…there’s nothing as awesome as finding a great gift for someone and seeing them light up when they open it…

Give this question time to marinate in your brain, and room for consideration, don’t rush to the Lamborghini. I encourage you to make it count…think about the myriad of possibilities and perhaps then, consider if it’s something you can make your own way towards or maybe it might help you guide your life to change in 2020, just maybe…

Lastly, I found this great quote last year and I have it on my fridge, which I think is sort of appropriate here:

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If you have any stories about Santa lap sitting or holiday related mayhem, please share in the comments below or you can reach me at acpoe17@gmail.com!!

 

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