'Twas the week before Christmas, and the big guy was in the house. That house was the Trenton Village independent and assisted-living home in Trenton, Ill., where Santa Claus showed up this past week for the annual Christmas party. One might think he would have been too busy helping the elves build toys or checking his giant list of who's been naughty and who's been nice – and checking it twice. He showed up, though, and his visit was enjoyed by the senior citizens living at Trenton Village and the youngsters who were visiting them. Similar scenes likely played out this past week at many places across the country and around the world, where Santa is known by such names as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Julenisse, Sinterklaas and Hoteiosho, to name a few. By the way, it's impolite and not politically correct to address Santa as The Fat Man.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.