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!! :)