December 21, 2013


Santa and dogMall Santas are a traditional part of December. Do you remember the magic from your childhood? We can learn many lessons from them.
  1. Sacrifice: Parents (grandparents) will stand in line for ages for their kids (grandkids).
  2. Free: People will stand in line for a small, free candy cane.
  3. Disguise: Mall Santas wear costumes which cover up who they really are.
  4. Fright: Mall Santas scare some small children (clowns do too).
  5. Disbelief: How can Santa be in different malls and look slightly different in them?
  6. Belief: Children want to believe that Santa hears their wishes and will bring them a pony.
  7. Priorities: Shouldn’t Santa be at the North Pole getting ready for the big night?
  8. Impressionable: Children want to believe in Santa even when they’re skeptical.
  9. Cutbacks: The candy canes have become smaller over the years. Dentists may approve but children do not.
  10. Vanish: If the requested gifts don’t arrive, the Mall Santa is gone.
  11. Scarcity: Mall Santas have limited working hours and working days.
  12. Gouging: Photos with Mall Santas used to be free if you used your own camera.
  13. Job Security: Mall Santas are easy to replace.
  14. Bart and SantaAppearance: Mall Santas show that a rolly polly figure can be an asset.
  15. Monotony: There’s lots of repetition in listing to gift requests and giving out candy canes.
  16. Impersonal: Visitors don’t get much time with Santa. Next.
  17. Off-season: Mall Santas have a very short work season (unlike the team at the North Pole).
  18. One-sided: Who asks what the Mall Santa wants?
  19. Supervision: Mall Santas are trusted with gift wishes but not enough to be left alone with the children.
  20. CameraZOOM-20131220111348068 Santa on a break 500x340Breaks: Mall Santas can’t take a coffee break whenever they want.
  21. Noncommittal: Mall Santas don’t guarantee that the requested gifts will be delivered (but the real Santa doesn’t either).
  22. Naivety: Mall Santas tend to satisfy young kids … the older ones want a candy cane or mischief.
  23. Consumerism: Mall Santas are better with the gifts that money can buy (and which the mall sells).
This is the final post of 2013.

Best wishes to you and yours during the holidays.
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