My biggest Festivus grievance this year

You can rent this Santa if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

Santa  is my biggest Festivus grievance this year, and I’m not talking about the real Claus.

I’m talking about the men who pass themselves off as Professional Santa Impersonators. Yeah, that’s a job category and I’ve seen it in print.

Santas are everywhere on the web. says you can book the perfect Santa in your hometown. promises to make your season bright at home and office parties and other holiday events.  Their Santas are so professional, they will sweat out Christmas in July.

The Best Santa Claus Agency says it will make your event memorable for both children and adults.

Rent Santa DFW is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can hire a black Santa, an ethnic Santa, a jolly Santa and a DFW Santa. I wonder if the DFW Santa resembles Jerry Jones.

All you St. Nicks, I don’t care if you’re a pro or an amateur or an impersonator.

Just be the best Santa you can be.

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Pay to see Gulfport holiday lights? Bah humbug!

This is the third year for the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival. JOHN E. BIALAS

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

The third annual Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival at Jones Park is beautiful and helps set the holiday mood.

I’m just not willing to pay the cash-only $10 admission fee to see the lovely display of multicolored lights. I ain’t goin’ to do it. Bah humbug!

I can do a drive-by for free. I can head west on Highway 90, look left and admire the lights or I can head east on 90, look right and admire the lights.

The show hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so I can drive by as many times as I want for four hours a night.

The festival should be free. Certainly the city and Island View Casino, two of the sponsors, can afford to pony up enough money to present a free show for all.

They should make this  a Christmas gift to the Mississippi Coast.

Once you pay admission to get in Jones Park, you also have to pay if you want tickets  for rides such as Santa’s Big Wheel and the Merry Go Round Carousel. It’ll cost you even more if you also want concession items.

When I’m not doing a free drive-by, I’ll stay home and be the hermit of my hood in Gulfport. If I feel like  looking at Christmas lights, I’ll take a walk and enjoy my neighbors’ creative displays.

The hood has been known to have such events as Festivus and to have such attractions as Santa’s Outhouse.

And it never costs me a thing.

This pole was part of the Festivus observance in my hood in 2013.
This pole was part of the Festivus observance in my hood in 2013. JOHN E. BIALAS
Santa's Outhouse is on 22nd Street. JOHN E. BIALAS
Santa’s Outhouse is on 22nd Street. JOHN E. BIALAS
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