I get to this point every year. As my time wearing The Santa Hat winds down for another season, I wonder how I can even come close to having this sense of connection with other people?
Sure, I try smiling and looking for opportunities to chat with folks. But The Hat sends such a strong signal of openness, playfulness, lightness. I can’t seem to approximate that without The Hat. And people don’t respond in the same way.
My younger son suggests that I wear The Santa Hat way beyond the holidays. Hmmmm. I’m not quite ready to do that, although it could definitely be an interesting social experiment :).
I guess for now, I’ll go back over this season’s memories and hold them as close to my heart as possible. And in a few days when I put away The Santa Hat for another year, I’ll try to pretend for as long as possible that I’m still wearing it!