Monday, December 13, 2010

Southern Santa

I appreciate the guest post, Jewel Rodgers

When people think of Christmas, they think of cold weather, snow games, and of course Santa Claus. A proper Santa should have a genuine white beard, wear wire rim glasses, and display a properly buttoned red suit over his rather large belly. While this typical Santa delights children in his fanciful sleigh pulled by Rudolph at Strip Malls and Shopping Centers across the States, my Santa rides a tractor.

In central Florida, we have no fir trees to chop down or White Christmas illusions of sledding in the snow. So, instead of giving the local kids a picture of a winter wonderland that most will never leave the area to see, we do Christmas the Southern Way.

Every year the town hosts a Christmas party. We set up hay mazes, various games, baked goods tables, and outdoor lights around the Jameson's Barn. Every family brings a dish along and parties into the night. The Jameson's are a local family in their own right. Mr. Jameson, Bill, puts on Red-Overalls, and a jolly Cowboy Hat. Since he already sports a nice long white beard, the picture is complete. Watching his accent onto the Christmas Tractor with Rudolph by his side is always worth a laugh or two. Of course, the Christmas Tractor is just the regular tractor decorated with ornaments, lights, and Holly and Rudolph is a lovely bird dog with real antlers attached to his head.

Pictures are taken of the little ones on Santa's lap, riding the tractor, which will later pull a hay ride for carolers. After telling their wishes to Santa, who since knowing their parents has amazing accuracy in delivery, the children get a treat from Mrs. Claus.

It may not be the classic sight of visiting Santa, but after setting the home security alarm (Atlanta ADT home alarm prices), and joining the neighbors, this is our perfect Southern Christmas

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