Every now and then I use my blog to share with you things not necessarily related to the law, or to our practice areas of financial markets law, estate planning or business law. Today's one of those days, and I do this because, well, it's my blog and I can.
Earlier in December, I had the opportunity to play the role of Santa Claus at a Pancakes with Santa outreach event at my church. We had over 120 children from our community come with their families for a free pancake breakfast and a visit and photo with the jolly old man. It was both a fun and an engaging experience for me, in which I learned the following by simply putting on that suit.
If you want to have a candid, engaging conversation with a child, put on the suit.
If you want to know what toys are in hot demand this Christmas season, put on the suit.
If you want to recall your childhood at Christmas, put on the suit.
If you want to be encouraged, put on the suit.
If you want your heart broken, put on the suit.
If you want to count your blessings, put on the suit.
If you want to be able to spread a little joy at Christmas, put on the suit.
I learned that Legos, dolls from Frozen, Barbies, iphones, tablets, and remote control cars were at the top of many lists this season. I was encouraged by children who expressed their wish that their family and friends would all have a happy Christmas, and that the world would be at peace, and I had my heart broken by a young boy who, after visiting me for a bit, came back and asked Santa if he was going to come to his house this Christmas. I was also reminded how blessed my family and I are, in so many ways. Putting on that suit was quite an experience.
Whether you get to put on "the suit" or not this holiday season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and that you experience joy and peace. And, best wishes to you for a happy and successful 2015! As always, if I can ever be of service to you, please call on me.