I suspect that if you want to find the happiest people around Christmastime you might head for the places where people are offering holiday cheer to folks who can use it, like at homeless shelters and such.
Places like The Living Room, a day program that service homeless and at risk women and their children. I’ve been going there for the last month as a volunteer, talking with the participants and volunteers and sketching the stories. I never leave without feeling that I have new friends and feeling a lot better about “human nature” to see the generosity of the community and the friendly welcoming-ness of the women who find solace there.
Of course the Christmas party was putting smiles on everyone’s face, with all the food and singing and treats for the kids and Santa and his elf. Not only did the kids get to sit on Santa’s knee, but the moms and other adults did too, including some luminaries who were visiting, like two young Wine Country beauty queens, tiaras and all!
Before the hot lunch and the cookies there were Santa hats, bagels and coffee and more.
And then Christmas carols for the adults and the children.
The moms and kids all went home with pictures taken with Santa. (and no, I didn’t have time to sketch this one on location, but did it later from a picture!)
Jingles and Santa Tim insisted on posing with me and surprised me with a (blush) kiss!
For our family’s Christmas card this year I sketched a Santa from about 24 years ago, with Ben on his knee.
Hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas!