I rang in the Christmas season tonight at the historic Al Ringling Theater as part of the Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade. It was a honor to be part of such a magical event and to spread the joy of Christmas to an estimated 10,000 people. Santa road in the historic circus wagon down the overcrowded streets of Baraboo, He was then hoisted up to the Al Ringling marquee on Fire truck one of the Baraboo Fire Department. From his elevated perch Santa directed the masses in singing Christmas classics like “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Jiggle Bells”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus”, and then with a magical countdown he lit the Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas tree to officially kick off the Christmas season.
I have the honor of being Santa in Baraboo, Wi and although it is a responsibility I am taking seriously, I also understand that you don’t have to wear a red velvet suit or carry a sack of toys to spread the joy and hope of Christmas to others in your community. If you think about it, there are hundreds of little ways and chances for us to be shining lights of hope for one another, especially during these tough times. We can give money, sure, but we can also give our time, love, attention, creativity, or even just a shoulder of support. If you were to ask me, those are gifts we need to give and receive all year long.