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11 December 2008 @ 09:08 pm
Deaf Santa - and bringing back the holiday spirit. :)  
Okay, I was thinking that I was getting old and jaded... which was partially correct (the old part, anyway ;)) because the holiday season was becoming more about bad traffic, no parking at work, and running around trying to chase a good deal on electronics for hubby... And I feared I was turning into a scrooge in my old age. :P

But I have to say, there's NOTHING like spending a day at Deaf Santa to change all that! Just seeing the children's faces light up when they tell Santa what they want for Christmas and seeing the Santa sign back to them, "I'm deaf too..." is more than enough to warm the heart. What's more, seeing the children look so surprised when they find out that I could sign and ask them if they like the chocolate in their gift bag is more than enough to bring back the holiday spirit for me.

And maybe my signing sucked and was rusty as heck, but the children didn't care. It was nice to see them surprised and happy that I was trying. :) And I think, more than anything, it reminded me that christmas isn't about the dozens of inconveniences like parking and traffic, but it's about the giving of yourself to others who appreciate it. :)

Here a little girl is signing her name to Santa. :)

The children there were just SOOOO cute!!

The faces of the children as they wait in line for Santa. :)

Even I got to take a photo with Santa! :)

With Melyssa :)

With my fellow elf volunteers! :)

Tomorrow I leave for NYC straight from work... If for some reason, I'm unable to find a wireless connection, please have a nice weekend! :) Big holiday HUGS to you all!! :)
Current Mood: happyin the holiday spirit...
the girl who's a goddess: Tinkvsprtn on December 12th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
This is WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing!
Sheri: Sheri - ASLshutterbug93 on December 13th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
It was such a wonderful day and reminded me about what the holidays should be about. :) This is my favorite event every year. :)
raviksraviks on December 12th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Thats Great..
You have a great holiday time too..
Sheri: Sheri - ASL 02shutterbug93 on December 13th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, I love attending this event every year... it really reminds me what the holidays should be about. :)
zortrana: Merry Christmaszortrana on December 13th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing these photos. The kids are adorable!
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on December 17th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
They were SOOO adorable and it was so nice to see them so happy! :)
Sabine: 2.Adventsabine10 on December 13th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! To see the children and you all to makes me feel warm and smile. :) Hope you too will have a nice weekend. Big hugs back to you! :)
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 17th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Sabine!! The children just made me want to smile too! :) HUGS and love to you!
Care: Shake it Santa!careleswhisper on December 14th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome! Must have been wonderful to see those cute little faces when they saw Santa. :D

I hope you have a great time in NYC!!!
Sheri: Sheri - ASLshutterbug93 on December 17th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
They were absolutely adorable!! I love Deaf Santa - it's my favorite event of the year!! Thanks SO MUCH, Carrie!! I miss you!! HUGS!!!
karmastyxkarmastyx on December 17th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
That would warm my heart too! :)

I miss you... sorry I'm not around as much. I got your Christmas letter. The pics of Cooper... HANDSOME!!!!
Sheri: Sheri - ASL 02shutterbug93 on December 17th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
They were just sooo adorable and it was sooo lovely seeing their eyes light up when they realized Santa could sign. :)

I miss you, too Laura!!! Big HUGS to you!!