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11 December 2009 @ 08:27 pm
Deaf Santa - reminding me what the holidays are REALLY about.  
I'll admit it's so easy to get lured into the holiday trap... the trap of feeling that the holidays are ONLY about the bad traffic, the no parking at the malls, and the dozens of sales and ads that bombard the TVs and newspapers. It's become too commercial, it's become too hectic... and somewhere along the way, I've become too grumpy... :P

But, just as it's always done, it just takes one day of me working at Deaf Santa to change all that! This is the third year that I've worked at this event and each year it never fails to put a smile on my face and melt my heart when I see the children's faces light up when they tell Santa what they want for Christmas and he signs back to them and tells them that he's deaf, too.

And yes, the increased traffic and long hours at work sometimes STILL get me down during this time of the year. Everyone's in a hurry, there are too many cars on the road, BIG boss wants all his end of the year reports,... but seeing the excitement and smiles on those children's faces ALWAYS reminds me exactly what this holiday season is REALLY all about. :)

Here are some photos that I took that day...

Oh my gosh! This girl was SOOO cute! She was SO excited to see Santa!! :)


The little girl in this photo was so excited to have her picture taken with Santa. The little
boy on the side? Not so much... :D

I've literally watched this little girl grow up! She comes to Deaf Santa each year
and she's still as adorable as she was when I first saw her as 6 year old. Here she explains
her letter to Santa and tells him that "roller skates" is one of the items on her list.
This was EXTRA heartwarming for me because she was the girl I'd written about in my 1st Deaf Santa Post
HERE who hugged me goodbye after I spoke with her two years ago!!

Santa has even the tiniest of fans. :)

Of course, he did have his skeptics... ;)

This little girl gave Santa her undivided attention! :D

Some needed the help of translator elf, Melyssa! :)

Some needed guidance from Mom! :) (Look at Santa looking over at Mom, too!) :)

Just another typical day at Deaf Santa! (If you can see to the right, the events
were being streamed so the neighbor island children who couldn't attend could participate
in the festivities!)

Ever wonder what it takes to get all those great group shots where everyone
is looking and smiling? Well,... this! :D

Posing with my friend Melyssa - it's always SO wonderful to see her!! :)
Current Mood: touchedtouched
ellixianellixian on December 12th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Love the photos - so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. :)
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 12th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
It's my favorite part of the holidays!
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Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on December 12th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
It's SO wonderful to be there each year!! And it's SUCH a great reminder of what the holidays should be about. :) Your grand daughter's show sounded beautiful! So nice that you could be there to see it.
Smithasmittenbyu on December 12th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
what a wonderful time! beautiful pictures... watching kids at Christmas time just brings so much hope (of course, not when they are throwing tantrums wanting some toy!! :P)
Sheri: Sheri - ASL 02shutterbug93 on December 12th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Smitha!! This is the one thing I miss SO much about being in the Jaycees... the ability to go to/create these events and see the joy on the children's faces. :) It really reminds me what the holidays are about. :D
Arjaycrazyarjay on December 12th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about "falling into the Christmas Trap"...I'd do the same thing every year if I didn't work at Radio MASH every year. There's just something about being able to GIVE that changes everything for me. :)
Sheri: Sheri - ASLshutterbug93 on December 12th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
It's so wonderful that you help out at Radio MASH each year! And I have to agree completely - being able to give someone a smile or see the excitement an event like this brings to a child is priceless!!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on December 12th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful time! Thanks so much for sharing it and making me smile too! :) Big hugs and much love to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on December 14th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
It was SUCH a special day!! Deaf Santa is my favorite event every year... just seeing the children smile and get excited when Santa signs back to them is SO heart-warming!! :) ♥ to you, Sabine!!
there would never be anyone for me but you: text: support lovejessnic85 on December 13th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
Such sweet photos!!
Sheri: iSign - not wellshutterbug93 on December 14th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Thanks!! The children were TOO cute!!