Every year around Christmastime, there are things that I traditionally watch, listen to, or read. This is one of them. It’s a little long, but if you can carve 15 minutes out of your day at some point between now and Christmas, I recommend a listen.
For further reading, check out David Sedaris’s essay, SantaLand Diaries, which chronicles his time spent working as an elf in Macy’s Herald Square. An excerpt:
Interpreters for the deaf came and taught us to sign “MERRY CHRISTMAS! I AM SANTA’S HELPER.” They told us to speak as we sign and to use bold, clear voices and bright facial expressions. They taught us to say “YOU ARE A VERY PRETTY BOY/GIRL! I LOVE YOU! DO YOU WANT A SURPRISE?”
My sister Amy lives above a deaf girl and has learned quite a bit of sign language. She taught some to me and so now I am able to say, “SANTA HAS A TUMOR IN HIS HEAD THE SIZE OF AN OLIVE. MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY TOMORROW BUT I DON’T THINK SO.”