31 Things in December: Favorite Santa-related tradition as a kid

Without a doubt, my favorite Santa-related tradition was the neighborhood Christmas party.

When we first moved into the neighborhood my family lives in, there was a civic association that organized events throughout the year at a small hall/event space in the back of the neighborhood.

Around Christmas, the group organized a party that involved a visit with Santa, gifts, treats and other activities.

Santa’s helper was our neighbor, Mr. Arnold. I remember his jolly laugh — it took me many years to figure out who was Santa’s fill-in.

It was a great holiday get-together — especially for the kids!