Monday, December 22, 2008
My son Sean's elementary school found themselves without a Santa this year for some unknown reason. My wife knew that I had always wanted to make an ultimate Santa suit for myself and she thought this might be a good excuse for me to finally tackle the project. So two weeks ago I threw myself happily into the creation of a costume based more on the Eurpoean Father Christmas rather than the typical Americanized Santa that you see in every department store, which I've never liked much anyway. My Santa has a hooded, floor-length red cloak trimmed in white fur, an inner cloak made of gold & pinkish stretch fabric overlaid with gold netting & gold corded fringe at its bottom, and the cloak is held together with gold chain and two faux diamond pendants. My very first appearance at Hurricane Town Elementary was today and was a tremendous success. Cindy accompanied me dressed in our Rudolph costume, much to the delight of the children. It was so much fun I hope to get other opportunities to don this fine costume and play jolly ol' Saint Nicholas for many more children. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!