I’m an official Santa Helper. I’ll be playing Santa tomorrow morning at local school. This will be the 7th time I’ve done this.
I’ve been Santa for small children, pets, older kids and once at an artist market. You’ve read this and are thinking, “So?”
And you’re right to think this. It’s no big deal really. But if you think about this from a child’s point-of-view, it may be the single biggest thing I do all year.
Just like Disney cast members (see the tie-in now? 😉 ), playing Santa means becoming the character. You need to know things. And have answers ready. And deal with problems as they arise. The more I do it, the more serious I take it. You’re literally holding a child’s trust in your hands. And the trust in Santa transcends all boundaries. Christmas is the epoch of the child year.
My daughter is on-board too. She knows I’m a helper Santa, and goes to great lengths to make sure younger children know that I am indeed, Santa.
So, let me say this: This is an honor and a privilege. Lets hope I don’t screw it up.