so i have a little secret.
i know santa...pretty well actually.
so well in fact i use to work as an elf for him at a local christmas tree farm when i was younger. i say younger, but the truth is i was an elf until i was thirteen, which, even in elf years, is pretty old. trust me, there's nothing more embarrassing than having girls you know from your high school see you dressed in red and green from head to toe, complete with suspenders and an extra long elf-like stocking cap.
oh well....situations like that build character...i think.
luckily for me however, that was the last year for my elf duties. the owner of the tree farm approached me that season and asked if i'd like to work for him the next year harvesting trees. i saw this as a huge promotion within the kringle organization and eagerly said yes.
i ended up working at the farm every season through out the rest of high school, and loved every minute of it. nothing could have put me more in the christmas spirit than being surrounded by hundreds of evergreens with families excited about picking one out for their home. i could have enjoyed working there several more years, but with as with everything in this life, time kicks in and you move on. i went to college, then got a job and slowly my christmas tree days became a found but distant memory.
this past weekend though, i had the urge to visit some of my christmas past, and rekindle some of that christmas spirit again, so i ventured out to the tree farm. i had also heard from a very reliable source my old boss would be out there. i stopped by and talked with the big guy for a bit and watched kids whisper to him what they wanted for christmas. i also chatted up my other boss, the owner of the tree farm, and just like in 1998, talked about k-state football. the whole visit only lasted about 30 minutes, but it was an excellent way to start the season.
so whatever traditions you or your family may have this time of year, i hope you enjoy them, it really does make the season that much richer.