What sled? Santa arrives in style

We were back at the Festival of Trees in Timonium today, this time to celebrate my birthday in style, with many members of my family.  Since we had Noah, we made the obligatory visit to Santa’s lap.  Like many parents/grandparents, we were unsure how he would react to the stranger–in every family,  there’s one year of the crying photo with Santa.  This picture is of Noah telling Santa what Grumpa wants for Christmas.  Quite an interesting conversation.

Santa arrived at the Festival of Trees the morning after Thanksgiving, as part of the preview party, and that got me to thinking about his arrival in malls and gathering places all over the world.  We talked and wrote about the business of mall Santas several times early in The Yule Log’s history, especially on April 18.  I briefly considered making a Mrs. Claus outfit, and Jeremy revealed that he, too,  has worn the Santa suit.

Santa arrives in a number of unusual ways, and three days ago, in Reading, England, Santa was arriving by abseiling from the roof of Broad Street Mall when his beard got caught in the mechanism.  He was suspended for 40 minutes until a co-worker rescued him.  This is one time that an artificial beard is an advantage.  I’ve included a YouTube video.

Current pop rock hit by Train is “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.  On the internet I found just about 50 ways for Santa to say “Hello.”  Here are a few of the most interesting.

Annual Santa parachute drop cancelled due to high winds in the Shenandoah Valley. Polish American Fire Company provides transportation.

Anaheim, California (and several other places) Santa Arrived by hot air balloon.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire–Santa arrives by dog sled team.

Kirkcudbright, Scotland–Santa arrives by boat.  YouTube Video.

Michigan Shopping Mall Santa arrives by helicopter.

What’s your ideal arrival?  Traditional parade, sleigh, horse and carriage or modern helicopter, motorcycle or limousine?

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