Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas everyone

As Christmas draws close and the final few hours are ticking off the clock I have to be honest I have been contemplating retiring as Fraser Valley Secret Santa after this holiday season for various reasons. Not knowing what impact I have had and needing to concentrate on my career that is in a spiral keep me guessing ! Then I think about the people that are or have been part of my life and the smiles they have created and I want to do more.its a tough choice to make, you all have made me feel incredible for what we have accomplished. One reason to stay,  I keep being flooded with emotion , thoughts of those who are here and those who are no longer here with us in body but in spirit. At this time of year I seem to always be thinking of my grandparents who were some of the best people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am grateful for all the life lessons they have instilled in me on how to be a decent person and how to be a man. I remember getting so excited at Christmas as a boy when I saw my grandparents arrive , how my grandpa could see through the window I will never know, remember the Griswalds and their Christmas tree ? Well that was my grandma but with presents! They would often make the journey from Vancouver island to spend the holidays with us in our home. Hope you don't mind but I wanted to tell you about one Christmas when I was young that I will never forget! Times were hard and my mom was sick, and for Christmas all this little man wanted was a blue 10 speed bike. I dreamed of this bike but I knew there was no money to get one. On Christmas morning I woke up and of course no bike , I opened my presents and the last one my grandpa have me was a was a model of a blue bike! Though dissapointed I thanked my grandpa and gave him a kiss and told him maybe next year! My grandpa said to me that day " that's the right attitude and I am so proud of you" my grandpa asked me about 10 minutes later if I would help him get the Turkey from the porch so mom could get it ready for dinner! We walked out on the porch and there with a big red bow was a Blue 10 speed bike with the shiniest wire wheels you have ever seen . ( I am not afraid to admit that I have a tear in my eye as I am writing this ) I rode that bike everyday I washed it , polished it and appreciated that bike like no ones business. Take the time and try and recall your most Favorite memory and hold on to it. I miss my grandparents but their memory will always be present as long as I live! Enjoy the time you get to spend with your family this holiday season, create your own memories, you never know it could be one that lasts for a lifetime.
From the entire Santa family to yours I wish you the Merriest of Christmas's and a very prosperous New Year

Friday, December 6, 2013

Feeling it

I know I am not the only one that this happens too and that this has been happening everywhere , just have to open the newspaper and there is more stories to read but I can't seem to find the answer we are all looking for "WHY"? Three days removed from the big decoration heist and to be honest as I told a follower of #TeamSanta , I am not angry anymore I just honestly feel like by stealing more decorations they have taken more than just material things from all of late as last Saturday as I told my neighbour over a beer in my front yard at 8 at  night in the dark " I need to get this finished it looks to good but I know I can do more" each night I would put my lights on and walk around the yard to see how things could be better , making sure all lights are working then neighbours would come out and chat we would laugh and talk about our day  , that was Tuesday .today all the talk is how people don't want us to move , tears from some of the best people you could ever hope to meet in your life!  I have to be honest I am not a good mover I get lots of anxiety , I know that staying in this house is an option but maybe moving is a necessity , we have had so many things happen in this Cul de Sac and it's starting to get better but when is enough enough ? We have had SWAT teams in our bedroom due to a hostage taking in the Crack house next door , all our kids witnessed a man being beaten with a bat down the alley! Believe it or not we can not even put flower planters out because they go missing ! Don't get me wrong the area I live in is new construction unfortunately it's mixed in with about 5 houses that are still old school and owned by a known Felon and his son who is a crack an other kinds of drug dealer , those few houses have brought down the whole block . I know I got off topic  but explaining a bit about why I am not feeling the Spirit may give insight into my statement that " they didn't just take material things when the stole my displays"
I have to say the offers of support are somewhat overwhelming , I still have faith in humanity  and I thank each and everyone of you.  a few isolated incidents against us should not warrant losing the over all christmas spirit but the point I guess that I am trying to make is this
At what point in this life did it get to the point that your own yard can not be a safe place for you or your kids
Christmas isn't even sacred anymore ! All of us 7 families have been affected by someone's urge to grab a few lights and decorations from my lawn. You have influenced our lives and changed our course for the future! I truly hope the feeling comes back soon because I love Christmas and love being Santa but right now I am trying so damn hard unfortunately  I just don't feel it .