As a legitimate card-carrying member in good standing of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS), I bid you a Ho Ho Ho and welcome to today's edition on this Tuesday, May 24, 2016. I think we have over 1300 members at this time. The other day a fellow brother in red posted a scathing indictment of the Santas that portray the jolly old elf on a full-time basis. I've mentioned how that a good number actually make their living doing advertising and all kinds of special events throughout the year. Well, this fellow thinks those guys are ruining it for the kids. He believes by having Santa around the clock it diminishes the potential joy that surrounds his once a year Christmas appearance. He, of course, only does his Santa work at Christmas time. I suppose he more or less included me in his complaint since I do wear some red and green nearly every day. I understood exactly where he was coming from. I just don't agree with his analysis. I can't imagine there being enough Santa presence to make a dent in kids perception and anticipation of Christmas. And, I do know from personal experience, it is an opportunity, on a one-off, spontaneous basis, to help make someone's day. Here's the latest example for me. The other day I was driving down a country road, minding my own business, in my pickup on my way home. A school bus was in front of me and it slowed and then stopped to make a left turn. I was sitting there waiting when one little guy saw me from the back door window and started waving and jumping up and down. Pretty soon there were a dozen or more kids doing the same thing. I waved and they were happy. I just can't see the harm in that. Sorry. I really can't.