Close to 50 Santa’s helpers are in the Village this week. It’s September.
I’m usually one of those people who dislikes the early marketing of holiday “stuff”. You know – Halloween should wait until late September, Thanksgiving marketing starts after Halloween, and the big push for the Christmas shopping frenzy starts on Black Friday.
But when I heard that Santa and his helpers were visiting, I was kind of excited. Apparently they get together every year for their annual Santa Gathering where they attend seminars about all sorts of Santa etiquette, preparation, grooming, etc. But they also take this time before the busy Christmas season to have some fun and explore the local area. And so, they included a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village in their plans.
I welcomed them when they arrived. It was sort of weird facing a group of white-bearded men and their accompanying Mrs. Claus-like wives. But the joy and friendliness in this group was overwhelming. And it was genuine. These folks love what they do: bringing joy to others.
Several years ago when Grande Place, one of the shops here in the Village, decided to convert their ground-level space to a year-round Christmas shop I had the same skeptical reaction as I first did to the news about the Santas. But now I think I finally get it: maybe, just maybe a little bit of Christmas joy year ‘round. Who couldn’t use that?
Shameless plug: Grande Place has lot of locally-made ornaments, Moravian stars, wreaths, and other Christmas items, and locally-made makes great, personal gifts. Christmas collectors from around the world come to this shop! Check out the list … maybe you’ll want to add some to your list. Ho! Ho! Ho!