I hate to admit it, but someone has to.
Our Fox River Mall Santa is getting old. Too old. In fact, he’s looking a little sickly. No longer “the rosy cheeked right jolly old elf” American dreams are made of. His beard hair is thinning, it doesn’t curl or shine. He barely has enough spirit in him to muster up a “ho ho ho” or a convincing smile. Even Maple, a “professional people lover”, had a hard time warming up during yesterday’s visit.
Sir, you’re an Appleton classic. You’ve had a good run, which is why, in all due respect, I’m suggesting that 2010 might be a good year to hang it up. Maybe you’ve got a younger brother, cousin, and son you could pass the baton onto. Perhaps someone who looks a little more, (dare I say it?), Hollywood?