The priceless gazes of the children almost pierced the door, as the crowd awaited the arrival of their favorite elf. Suddenly, shrieks of cheers filled the auditorium. St. Nicholas had arrived! There is nothing like to joy and wonder of a child, this time of year, to put you into the Christmas Spirit.
Resident Bob Guretz has donned the Santa suit for many years, delighting the children and grandchildren of our employees at the annual St. Nicholas Christmas Party. His jolly laughter comes naturally, but he starts growing out his snowy white beard at the end of October to prepare for his role. Bob is a natural with kids. Besides being a grandfather, he has taught Third Grade Religious Education for years at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish.
Santa led the crowd in song as he made his way around the room. Like the Pied Piper, the children naturally fell in line behind him. After he arrived at his special chair, each child patiently awaited their turn to visit with Santa and receive a special early Christmas gift.
After everyone was greeted and a gift was given to all, Santa rose to leave. There was no chimney for his to exit, however he did exclaim as he moved out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”