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!! :)