It’s been a very busy few weeks, but the preparation takes many months. Even longer than it takes the brussels sprouts to cook!
First of all the beard has to grow to a proper seasonal length. There are plenty of Santas who simply rely on cotton wool beards, but the REAL Santa has to grow his beard. This has to start about July or August so that it reaches full luxuriant growth in time for the December public appearances.
I’ve also noticed that it gets a bit whiter with each passing year. This year’s beard was a magnificent one which drew many admiring comments from parents and other adults.
This picture was taken with our newly acquired webcam, about which I’ll tell more in another post soon.
As I have mentioned, today is also the day to revert to Santa’s “rest of year” look. This is achieved by putting the red suit away and most significantly, trimming away several kilogrammes of beard.
The result is that I now look like this:
I’ll be able to go out without being recognised by every child I encounter, although that is a very mixed blessing because one of the great things about Christmas is that it is the only time when I can chat to children without their parents looking horrified in case I am about to kidnap them into child slavery.
Anyway, the reindeer need feeding and the sleigh needs a good clean before I put it away until next December, so with a final “”HO HO HO”, this is Santa signing off for this year.