Even without the red suit, Dan is perfectly Claus-esque. He has the white hair and beard, the red cheeks, the girth. I won’t compare it to a bowl of jelly, but it would shake when he laughs if he weren’t holding in his stomach.

Children recognize him everywhere he goes and react accordingly. Just yesterday we were sitting in a doctor’s waiting room and were facing the glass-paneled door to the hallway. Suddenly a little boy’s face with saucer-sized eyes appeared in one of the panes. He darted away and came back with his older brother. While they were staring and ducking, a younger sister appeared. Brave and uninhibited, she waved and blew kisses and tried to work the latch that opened the door. She banged on the glass panel and waved for all she was worth, while her brothers were content to play peek-and-hide. Everyone in the waiting room was enchanted, including us.

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Janet Coburn
I’m a freelance writer and editor with lots of interests and opinions that I’d like to share. I’m a crazy cat lady and ardent bibliophile from Beavercreek, OH. At the moment I have four cats, a husband, and a dog. I love to travel and have been to Jamaica, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland, England, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Benson (AZ). Among my interests are language, media, journalism, popular culture, married life, pets, travel, science fiction, humor, mental health, and life its-own-self. I also blog at bipolarjan.wordpress.com.