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Santa, Is That YOU?

This is reason 4,356 that I love living in New York. Yes, I know I live in a sterile, small town in Westchester but I’m close enough to pretend that I’m hip enough to actually take part in some of the stuff that happens on the island of Manhattan. One of those cool things is SantaconNYC.  What is it, you ask? Well here’s the official description:

“Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and nonsensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.”

But the back story or at least MY story is this; each year my kids perform at the world famous Bitter End as part of their music recital (you can go here to see pictures of that). When we left the club last year, the street was crawling with “Santas” as part of Santacon. Well this year, I brought my camera, which made for some A) interesting sights and B) a chance to embarrass my kids. Again. So here they are. Enjoy!

While I was waiting in line to be let in to the venue, I snapped photos of Santas who walked by. This one must have rolled right out of bed, put on some funky shoes and headed out to the nearest bar.

I’ll bet you didn’t know but some Santas travel in packs. These cool Saint Nicks were walking by when I asked Cole to step in there for a photo.

This is what we got.


This is what Santa drives when the sleigh is in the shop. You were expecting something else?

After the kids performed we headed back to the car. We’d been inside for about four hours which means the streets were teeming with Santas who’d had, perhaps, one eggnog too many.

But Casey and Cole were great sports about the whole thing, insisting we buy Santa hats for the one block walk back to the car. Hey, if you can’t beat ’em…. well, you know the rest.


The Santas were very friendly (the eggnog helped, no doubt) and my kids, man I love them for, among other things, knowing how to jump in and have a completely good time and indulge their Good Enough Mother.


Oh and Casey and Cole would like to remind you there are just 14 more days until Christmas so, chew on that, Fat Man!

What would your kids do if they waded into a pack of roving Santas? Would it freak them out? How about you?


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