Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gurley Santa Candles

The three Santatiers

Dirty, a little smelly, can't really stand up straight...yea, Kris and I are quite a sight. (That's him on the right; I'm in the back.) But Nick, oh excuse me, St. Nick (In the front, as usual!) is still lookin' great for his age. Hey, don't get me wrong. We're really good friends. It's just that Nick's spent a lot of years living a sheltered life, being all wrapped up and protected from everything. Meanwhile, Kris and I have gotten out and seen the world. Geez, Kris even spent some time on a kibbutz! (I think that's where he got lit though.)

OK, maybe you think you've seen a lot of guys like me: shaped by some corporation or other (in my case Gurley Novelty Company) and sent out into the world to make people's lives brighter, only to end up forgotten and discarded.

Well it's not like that. Maybe I'm not as rosy-cheeked as I once was but I'm still hanging out with my buddies and really enjoying life, especially the holidays.

And I wouldn't change anything. Maybe I'm not in mint condition but being old does give me value. And the grit in my beard is what makes me who I am.

So my wish for you this holiday season is that you live your life and you love yourself. As the artist Evelyn Dunbar said, "We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light."

Claus

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