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Santa Doesn’t Always Fly In a Sleigh

on December 18, 2012

Flying Santa!

An early morning departure saw me sitting in the Charlotte airport, devouring a Cinnabon, and wishing I liked coffee.

When they announced our flight would be late (of course), the grumbling passengers settled down to wait, and to chat.

And that’s when he introduced himself.

Santa Clause

And his wife!

The Clauses

A lovely couple that lives in Charlotte, they spend their year waiting for Christmas.

For Christmas, their house becomes the talk of the town – and “Santa” dresses up (in his own homemade suit!) and goes visiting hospitals, malls, families, you name it, he visits it.

And his wife does it all at his side. She’s there every step of the way!

But the best stories he had to tell? Well this guy plays Santa all year long. When he goes on plane rides, children will ask him if he’s Santa.

“I listen to the conversations they have with their parents. Like this one boy, I heard his mother call to him – so I got his name. Then she had mentioned they were going, ‘home to Detroit’. So when the little boy came up to me and asked who I was, I said, ‘Well James, don’t you worry, I won’t miss you in Detroit!’”

Needless to say, kids go nuts!

On another flight some kids were whispering together and pointing and looking at him. Suddenly the flight attendant walked up, sat on his lap with a, “Santa, I already sent you my letter. Just wanted to give you the heads up!” and walked away.

Stories like this always make me so happy! I imagine how excited those kids must’ve been to “have Santa on THEIR flight!”

And I got to end up with him and his wife on mine.

Sure, they doesn’t have flying reindeer, but what they did have was a giving spirit.

What’d they give to me? An invitation that anytime I’m back in Charlotte I simply must come over for dinner and a visit.

What better gift could you ask for?

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23 responses to “Santa Doesn’t Always Fly In a Sleigh

  1. What a great story! Well worth the early morning departure if you ask me. I’m so jealous!

  2. El Guapo says:

    And that’s the holiday spirit!

  3. calahan says:

    That’s a sweet tale. There’s only one thing I didn’t understand. The line: “wishing I liked coffee” makes absolutely no sense to me. What’s not to like? How can you not like coffee? Are you dead inside? Obviously, this must have been a type-o. It’s a type-o, right? Right?

  4. vyvacious says:

    Wow!! How awesome! You’re so lucky!! :) how cute. I love the pair of them. Spreading love and joy EVERYDAY :D

  5. MissFourEyes says:

    You got invited to dinner by SANTA!!

  6. The Hook says:

    This tale was a great Chritmas gift. Thanks!

  7. becca3416 says:

    Aw! So sweet. Kind of reminds me of this guy too. They are doing a similar service.

  8. Wow, now THAT is the way to spread cheer all year long. What a cool story.

  9. MaximumWage says:

    Wait, I’m confused. YOU MET THE REAL SANTA? Or wait. Its fake? They’re all fake? SANTA ISNT REAL?

  10. Now that you are in good with santa can you ask him whatever happened to my easy bake oven?
    I never got one and well I would still like one.

    • One of the elves got hungry on the line. So they made some cookies. Then the other elves got hungry.

      Next thing they knew it was 2012 and they realized easy bake ovens weren’t ‘the gift’ anymore. He promises a replacement…

  11. me says:

    Oooh! pretty cool!

  12. mairedubhtx says:

    Reblogged this on My Life, Such As It is and commented:
    This is the best Christmas story by Giggsmcgill Jill (aka Jillian) and I couldn’t help myself but wanting to share it with my fellow bloggers on Christmas Eve. If you believe in Christmas, you’ll love it. If you don’t, maybe you’ll still love it. If you don’t, bah humbug to you. Merry Christmas!

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