Thursday, November 26, 2009
My Inner Santa Claus
When the call came out this year, from Animal Aid, where I volunteer, for a Santa Suit, I said I'll make a suit. Being a costume designer, I've had my fair share of opportunities over the years to make Santa a new suit. This year's Santa suit was for a fund raiser photo shoot. People will be bringing their dogs and cats to a local pet store to have their photo taken with Santa. Santa and pets. How wonderful. The idea of that makes me smile. That made creating the suit extra special. I also like the idea that I've contributed to a Santa sighting, and the organization will now have a Santa suit for years to come.
The suit turned out great. I had this wonderful deep red velveteen and long soft white fur. I even made the black pleather boot tops and of course the big wide belt. I don't have a photo, cause well, I didn't have a Santa to model it, and I had to deliver the suit. (Broadside said he didn't feel right putting on a Santa suit. I don't know why? Maybe it was the idea of having a photo of himself dressed as Santa posted on the Internet was too strange for him).
I think Santa Claus is one of my “banner carriers” for this campaign. He certainly role models the spreading for good feelings and creativity. This can be easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Sometimes trying to please everyone and do it all, I lose sight of the joy of simplicity, and simply creating. I think when we simply, authentically and joyfully give out to the world our creative gifts, skills and talents, there is true power and magic. We give of ourselves. The best part is, I don't have to go to the mall (I'm not a mall fan-sorry retailers). No stress. No fuss No muss. All magic, love and joy.
I think, we are all Santa Clauses. Or at very least have a Santa inside us wanting to get out to spread joy and creativity. So, how will you spread joy and creativity not just this month, but everyday of the year? Wouldn't it be great to have a Santa sighting throughout the year?
See, I think we can all do that. Magic!
I also love the story around Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, and the wise newspaper editor's response.
This year the second paragraph struck me...
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGNIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished....”
Or as Natalie Wood's character from Miracle on 34th Steet said..."I believe. I believe. I believe...It may be silly but I believe."
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ya' all!
Until next week create to feel great.
7 projects complete 45 to go. 1 Santa sighting, so far.
Craft Bazzar update-
Kim and I did okay, considering that the organizer of the bazzar didn't promote or advertise the event. We didn't sell out of inventory, but we sold some of our items, and got orders on Monday and Tuesday for some of our items. So, it was fun and a start of something good. Kim and I will be sharing another table at the St. David's Last Chance Bazzar on December 19th from 1o am to 3pm. St. David's is located at SE 28th and Harrison.