Being Santa Claus...
Just a week ago, the carol singing and the jingling jangling bells filled the atmosphere with lots of energy and fun. Christmas, apart from marking birth of Jesus Christ, also reminds us of Santa Claus in forms of gifts and goodies. Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white fur collar, red trousers, and black leather belt and boots who carries a bag full of gifts for children. Hey, ho... Hey, ho... Hey, ho!!! The call itself brings a deluge of happy memories to the mind.
There is no easy or direct answer when a child questions the existence of Santa in real life. However, many situations in our life make us believe that Santa is somewhere in some form helping us in our hard times. When your maid suddenly informs about her "chutti" during an important function at home, the maid next door comes to the rescue. For me she is no less than a Santa!!!
The other day, one of my friend met a everyday life Santa Clause. She was at her aunt’s place celebrating her birthday. My friend had toiled hard to please her elderly aunt. She was pretty tired at the end of the day. It was her uncle who persuaded her husband to stay back at their house over the nigth. Her husband agreed and after a long time, my friend slept peacefully not fretting about cleaning up the kitchen, getting up in morning and again starting the routine work…. Cherry on top was…. a hot cup of coffee in her hands, right in the morning :-) For her, her uncle turned out to be a real life Santa!!!
Sometimes, we also get the opportunity to be a Santa Clause in someone's life. My friend’s maid lost her pair of spectacles and was struggling to do the household work. On inquiring with her maid, she learnt that she had just bought her pair in the month of October. Now she had no money to buy one more. My friend took her to the optician and bought her new specs. The joy on the face of my friend made her look like a smiling Santa, so very content..from within!!!
I had the privilege of becoming a Santa in our building's Christmas party. All the little ones had put up their wishes on the Christmas tree and were eagerly waiting to see Santa Claus fulfilling them. All kids were so thrilled in seeing Santa. Believe me, some were not!!! Most of it was probably that kids of a younger age are justifiably freaked out about a big creepy looking man in a bright red suit with a deeply suspicious, maniacal laugh. Hey, ho... Hey, ho....!!! There was high level of inquisitions to know the real face behind Santa. Santa’s arrival was marked by the bell sound. Everybody clicked selfies with Santa... and that was ME!!! I, The Santa, distributed chocolates to all the children. The immense satisfaction that I felt deep within, cannot be quantified nor be expressed in mortal words. One needs to live through it!!!
So lets all become Santa for others and spread goodwill and cheer to make the world a better place!!
Wishing my near and dear ones and our blog readers, patrons... a Very Happy & fulfilled New Year 2017!!! Hey, ho.... Hey, ho....Hey, ho!!!