On Saturday, to celebrate my mom's birthday we gathered my whole family for "Breakfast with Santa" at my parents church. Yes, it was a little bizarre to be one of the oldest people there without children, but it was fun to have the whole family together and celebrate the coming holiday as well as my mom's birthday. And in honor of the holiday spirit I donned one of my favorite winter accessories: my santa hat.
It was a convenient addition to my outfit in that it kept my head warm and also concealed my less than neat hairdo resulting from my hurried shower and incomplete drying of my hair (we had to be there at 8am and Tony wasn't home from work until 9pm on Friday, you do the math). Plenty of people were sporting the Kringle chapeaus at the event but the rest of the day was rather amusing. Seeing as how I commited myself to a day of hat hair, I decided just to leave the hat on as I went about errands and activities for all of Saturday.
My first stop was Costco. In line at Customer Service, a man walked past me on his way out the door. He glanced my way and then after passing me, backtracked three steps, and leaned over to conspiratorially tell me, "I gotta say, I love the hat." This brought almost as much of a smile to my face as in the center of the store when a gentlemen pushing a cart carrying two kids walked by me. He didn't pay me much notice, but his two kids spotted my bright head head and pointed me out with cheers of "SANTA CLAUS!!" I smiled and waved like a minor celebrity. Multiple other smiles and giggles were passed my way throughout the shopping trip and through the various other stores I visitied that afternoon. And of course I was met with more than one "Feliz Navidad" as I joined my parents at a Mexican restaurant for dinner.
I've never had a problem making a fool of myself to bring others happiness. I don't know what it is about a red furry hat that brings a smile to the faces of strangers, but I'm more than willing to spread that small bit of cheer however I can. Plus, it really was a nice way to keep my head warm...
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