Q: Why did you want to be involved with Buckeye Santas?
A: When my beard started coming in white, I became curious about ‘What does it take to be a Santa?’ ‘What is it like to be a Santa?’ ‘Is being a Santa something that I’m fit or positioned to do?’ I wondered if this is something I could do, something that I wanted to do, and I needed to learn. So, I searched the Internet, came across the group and found out they met in Central Ohio. I thought, let me go check this out. I can ask some questions, get some help and that’s how it started. November 2016 was my first year as a Santa.
Q: What are some of the biggest joys of being a Santa? Are there any challenges?
A: Some of the biggest highlights are the joy and excitement many kids have when they see Santa. You see their eyes light up and the excitement builds in them. Just coming to meet Santa Claus is a wonderful experience. And that can happen with kids of all ages. I’ve had an 80-plus-year-old woman come up in a wheelchair. This is both a joy and a challenge. She comes up, she’s in a wheelchair, and she had terminal cancer. She only had a few months to live, and she had never gotten a picture with Santa in her entire life. She had a bucket list. She wanted to get a picture with Santa before she died and I got to do that, and just the joy she had, this is something she had wanted to do her entire life and never got to do it…So, her kids were bringing her to see Santa and she was just a joy to spend time with. At the same time I was visiting with her, her children were weeping, because they got to see their mom doing the thing she dreamed of doing.
How to go
What: Christmas Lunch with Buckeye Santas
When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
Where: The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton
Cost: Tickets for the event are $19 for members; $25 for non-members. Guests will enjoy an engaging speaker and a catered meal as part of the “Celebrating Self” speaker series. Tickets are available advance at the Fitton Center, or online. Limited tickets will be offered at the door the day of the event, if available.
More info: www.fittoncenter.org or (513) 863-8873 ext. 110.