Santa Claus

Posted by Write In My Journal on August 7th, 2008 filed in Man, Seniors, Traveler

I was walking to work from the train late last month when who before my wondering eyes should appear? But Santa…in a carriage…in July…in downtown Salt Lake. Naturally I approached him and asked what the jolly old elf was doing so far south this time of year.

Santa was in town for a Christmas in July event at a nearby homeless shelter and was waiting for Mrs. Claus to show up (she was running quite late). If I remember correctly, he had been bringing cheer to those in the shelter for two years (this was his third). The event was sponsored by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

I asked Santa if he’d write in my journal and he was more than happy to. I was impressed with his composure – despite being in his full wardrobe, Santa dealt with the hot July heat very well. Not something I’d expect from someone who lives in the Arctic 364 days a year.

It’s nice to know that Santa is still out and about doing good and trying to bring comfort to people who are in need of comfort and cheer – regardless of the time of year. There’s a lesson to be learned from his example.

Here’s what he had to say:

“Santa in July

I love it any time of year. Today is for the homeless shelter which is great for me. I have been doing this for 15 years. It’s been great with (?) many fun experiences. You’ve got to love people, especially the kids. They are so fun to be around. I love it.


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8 Responses to “Santa Claus”

  1. Ryan Says:

    This is a cool idea. How long do you think you’ll keep it going? It’s a great way to meet interesting people, too.

  2. Dave Says:

    Ryan – Thanks for your comment. I have some ideas on how to expand on the concept, so hopefully it’ll be around for a long time. :)

  3. Amy Says:

    Way to snag Santa! Can’t wait to see who you meet next.

  4. Michael Says:

    Awesome, I always wanted to know Santa’s innermost thoughts! Just let me reiterate how much I love this idea! I am even more impressed than before.

  5. Tylerlewis Says:

    i agree with ryan. this is an amazing concept. i am utterly intrigued. please keep asking random people to write in your journal!

  6. Miss H Says:

    This reminds me of the time that I ran into Santa Claus vacationing in Jackson Hole Wyo. I got a picture with him, but I must say his belly is little less jellier and his beard is a little shorter than I remember it being in Jackson. Oh well, I suppose that even Santa Claus is permitted to perfect his physical appearance every now and again.

  7. Write In My Journal Says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

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