Monday, December 17, 2012

The Santa Parade


Last Saturday we woke up to the news of the shootings at the elementary school in Connecticut.  That was shocking to read on the news feed as I picked up my iPhone...  A little while later I had some parenting "issues."  It was pretty obvious that it was going to be one tough day...

I headed off to Tokorozawa to go to the ladies' gym, thanks to Stan's encouragement that it might be what I needed (and it meant I met my personal target of 3 times a week).  I could tell while doing the circuit that I wasn't at my best emotionally or physically. When I finished up, I headed back down to the main entrance to make my way home.

To my surprise, I was met with this sight...


Directly across the street was a long line of Santa's waiting to come across.  While there isn't a photo of the group, a "gospel choir" was setting up to my left, getting ready to do a concert.


I was impressed that the Santas crossed at the pedestrian crossing...


I actually had to cross the street at that light, too, and so started walking toward the Santa's.  About 15 of them individually "high-fived" me and wished me a Merry Christmas as we walked past one another.

And then I discovered that I was fighting tears...  The painful emotions of the morning, and the celebratory cheer of these skinny Santa's with tacky beards were colliding in my heart.


I made it across the street and watched the whole entrance area of the department store fill up with these Santa's, while the Gospel Choir started belting a song about having "joy in my soul." I stayed to take it all in, still feeling those tears trying to find a way out. As the Choir moved on to "Santa Claus is comin' to town" I moved on toward home...

While Santa isn't my lead story for the Christmas season, I am thankful for these hundred or so Santa's who helped lift my spirits.

2 comments:

Heza said...

I really enjoyed that post. How well I know what you mean about things "colliding" in your heart. Hoping you have many more bright moments and glimpses of heaven during this season.

Heza said...

I enjoyed that post! Oh how well I know what you mean about how things collide in your heart. Hoping that there are many bright moments and glimpses of heaven this season!
Heather