Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 360: Dressed Up As Santa And Visited A Nursing Home

Merry Christmas to one and all (that is if you celebrate Christmas.  Otherwise, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, and Happy Birthday former White Sox manager Gene Lamont)!!!  As we all gather together with our families this holiday season, I think it is important to keep in mind many people who might be spending the days away from their loved ones (soldiers overseas, the homeless, etc.).  My grandma used to live in a nursing home/assisted living center, and one thing I noticed when visiting her, was many times some of the residents didn't have anyone visit them.  I wasn't going to let that be the case today, so I got to work.  Yesterday, I called all around greater Santa Cruz county to see if there was any costume shop open.  Unfortunately, as I had suspected, none were open.  However, one woman who owned a costume shop left her cell phone on the voicemail for any "last minute Santas."  I called her up and drove to a highway off ramp to meet her to get a Santa costume.  She was super sweet and when I told her what I was doing, she gave me the Santa suit at half price.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I dressed up as Santa and visited a nursing home to greet the residents.  They were so happy to see me and played up the whole Santa Claus bit by telling me whether or not they were naughty or nice.  My wife then drove me around Aptos, California while I waved to people throughout the town, on the beach, or in their cars.  The happiness and wonder in people's faces (both young and old) when they saw Santa Claus was incredible.  Now it is time to throw back a couple glasses of mulled wine, watch some Christmas Day hoops, and spend some time whippin' amateurs in Catch Phrase.

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