{ XLIV }

For those of us ( yeah, I had to look it up) who are unfamiliar with the XLIs or otherwise known as Roman Numerals…XLIV is 44.  FORTY FOUR.  Over 10 decades of tradition…having my photo taken with Santa.  Funny how quick it goes and quite frankly…a bit enjoyable now I can share the experience with my wife and kiddos.  Merry CHRISTmas to all.  While keeping Santa in your mind, keep Jesus in your heart! 

Here they are…all 44 years – enjoy!

1970 – Florissant, MO

1970 - PT copy

1971 – Durham, NC

1971 - JT & PT copy

1972 – Durham, NC

1972 - JT & PT copy

1973 – Durham, NC

1973 - JT & PT copy

1974 – Durham, NC

1974 - JT & PT copy

1975 – Durham, NC

1975 - JT & PT copy

1976 – Durham, NC

1976 - JT & PT copy

1977 – Durham, NC

1977 - JT & PT copy

1978 – Eugene, OR

1978 - JT & PT copy

1979 – Eugene, OR

1979 - JT & PT copy

1980 – Eugene, OR

1980 - JT & PT copy

1981 – Eugene, OR

1981 - JT & PT copy

1982 – Eugene, OR

1982 - JT & PT copy

1983 – Eugene, OR

1983 - JT & PT copy

1984 – Eugene, OR

1984 - JT & PT copy

1985 – Eugene, OR

1985 - JT & PT copy

1986 – Eugene, OR

1986 - JT & PT copy

1987 – Eugene, OR

1987 - JT & PT copy

1988 – Eugene, OR

1988 - JT & PT copy

1989 – Eugene, OR

1989 - JT & PT copy

1990 – Eugene, OR

1990 - JT & PT copy

1991 – Eugene, OR

1991 - JT & PT copy

1992 – Eugene, OR

1992 - JT & PT copy

1993 – Eugene, OR

1993 - JT & PT copy

1994 – Eugene, OR

1994 - JT & PT copy

1995 – Salt Lake City, UT

(Note: The rule was we no longer had to take them together when one of us got married)

1995 - PT copy

1996 – Bellevue, WA

1996 - PT copy

1997 – Bellevue, WA

1997 - PT copy

1998 – Bellevue, WA

1998 - PT copy

1999 – Federal Way, WA

1999 - PT copy

2000 – Bellevue, WA

2000 - PT copy

2001 -Federal Way, WA

2001 - PT copy

2002 – Silverdale, WA

2002 - PT copy

2003 – Silverdale, WA

2003 - PT copy

2004 – Tukwila, WA

2004 - PT copy

2005

(Note: 2005 was the best year ever!  I married my beautiful wife and no longer had to ride solo..in that order)

2005 - PT copy

2006 – Gig Harbor, WA

(Note: And in comes Jackson)

2006 - PT copy

2007 – Leavenworth, WA

2007 - PT copy

2008 – Gig Harbor, WA

2008 - PT copy

2009 – Tacoma, WA

2009 - PT copy

2010 – Gig Harbor, WA

2010 - PT copy

2011 – Tacoma, WA

2011 - PT copy

2012 (Silverdale, WA)

2012 - PT copy

2013 (Gig Harbor, WA)

Best (and worst) of…..

Best Smile: This was tough!!  I hate my smile, but the there was a tie.  1970 and 1993.  You know Santa had that “Oh, S” look in his eye when my mamma brought me up thinking I was have soiled diapers and screaming.  Nope…I rule!  The 1993 smile just seems plain and genuine.

Worst Smile: 1986

Best Outfit: 2004 (blue is my jam)

Worst Outfit: ‘K…here we go.  1982, 1985 (the “collar” was pajama tops), and 1994.  You could argue there were some before 1982 to make this list, but I was really going after the ones I had some say in what I wore.

Best Hair: 2012. C’mon…42 and still rockin’ this full head of hair.

Worst Hair: 1978, 1980-1984, 1987, 1990

Finally

Best Santa: 1975, 1998, 2001, 2008

Worst Santa: 1977, 1979, 1986 (only because he blinked), 1992 (I still remember the cigarette smell on his beard), 1993 (C’mon dude…look at the camera!), 2002 (Yes, I do believe this was a lady).

Favorite: 2013.  My complete family (:

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