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.
And his wife!
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?