My biggest Festivus grievance this year

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

By JOHN E. BIALAS
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.

Gigmasters.com says you can book the perfect Santa in your hometown.

SantaForHire.com 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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What the eve of September means to you

September Eve leads to thoughts about pumpkin patches.

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

It’s the eve of September and it means a lot to you.

It means going to The Dollar Tree for autumnal designs, Halloween candy and Thanksgiving decorations.

It means rushing to Hobby Lobby in hopes of loading up on Christmas decor.

It means coming up with a list of easy dishes you can make for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving, and you shop at Rouses for some ideas.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
On September Eve, you’re looking forward to an autumn leaf served with your ghost roast. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

It means you are ready to rock October with haunted houses, corn mazes, scary makeup and horror movies.

It means dreaming of your first Pumpkin Latte of the season while you are in the Starbucks drive-thru.

September Eve means letters to Santa, even though The Claus isn’t thinking of you as he hits the beach for Labor Day weekend. Photo by srikanta H. U on Unsplash

It means Christmas planning and sips of hot chocolate. Letters to Santa and wish lists for family and friends.

It means you want to clean the fireplace, even though your AC might keep going full blast through Oct. 1.

You forget that you live in South Mississippi. You forget about the Labor Day weekend and the baseball and football that go with it. You want to bypass it all.

It’s Aug. 31. September eve. Almost 90 degrees, but change is coming.

Happy fall, y’all!

Editor’s note: This post’s featured photo is  by Hide Obara on Unsplash. Inspiration for this post came from 40 Holiday Blog Post Ideas by Amanda Cross, who, unlike me, is sincere about the holidays.

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