My Santa Hat is older than my children.
I got it the first year of college at Oberlin.
At that time, I realized three things
1. I missed my family and church (the churches were CRAZY as a result of 9/11 and I couldn’t find a good one)
2. I wouldn’t be able to do much preparing for Christmas
3. People hated to be wished “Merry Christmas” something about the White Christian hegemony in a very liberal arts school.
Plus I had my first round of finals coming up (yikes!)
so I went to CVS and bought this really nice $5 Santa hat, it is a dark red with a clothlike white trim
I have worn it since that Dec 2001, ….and (amazingly) I haven’t lost it…
I wear it to celebrate Christmas
I wear it to celebrate Advent, to bring Christmas into conversations is a “safe space”
Every Thanksgiving I get it out, and start to celebrate.
Sometimes I think that God works less like a thunderous mountain of justice…and way more like my Santa hat.