Let it be known that on this day, December Seventh, 2013 that Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, or simply, as the chorus of small children who lined the jetties and docks of Rockport, Massachusetts exclaimed, “Santa!, It’s Santa Claus!” , came to town.
This jaded reporter who has been numbed by the commercialization of Christmas, the War on Christmas, the War on the War on Christmas, the Black Friday mobs rushing the Best Buys and Walmarts to claw at presents that are supposed to assure the winner a gob of Christmas cheer, finds himself on Tuna Wharf in Rockport recharging his Christmas cheer batteries with the true meaning of Christmas. Little kids screaming their heads off as Santa rides the Freemantle Doctor into the harbor.
And here he is, Santa Claus:
And not to take anything away from Santa as his job on Christmas is a huge one but this year I would like to point out the Rockport Santa production would be nothing if it wasn’t for all the elves who do all the hard work getting Santa in the right spot at the right time. Who would light the tree in Dock Square if Santa were still sitting out on a buoy off Jefferys Basin? So without further ado, just a few of the elves who made the Rockport Santa production possible:
The Rockport Harbormaster had a boatful of Elves:
The Coast Guard Elves were scurrying about but here are a few:
And last but not least, the Freemantle Doctor Elves:
Santa pays these elves squat but they all went home with something more important than presents or money or even the hot cider and doughnuts and everything else that people were enjoying over in Dock Square as they were hard at work in the cold and wind making sure that Santa made it to ride the fire truck into the Square. They boated home in the dark with the warm feeling in their hearts that only a cheering throng of children can bestow, Christmas Cheer. Even the Rubber Duck got a little emotional but I promised her I would post no photos of her blubbering.
-Paul Morrison and Rubber Duck
As an annual tradition dating back centuries, Santa Claus rides into Rockport Harbor on a fishing boat, and then makes his way to Dock Square to light the tree. This is no mall Santa but the real thing!!
The day we have all been waiting for!
This Saturday, December 1st. Santa arrives at 3:45PM and the tree lighting is at 4PM in Dock Square.
The 2010 tree:
Thanksgiving is still two days away but we have to get ready for Santa’s arrival now because it will be the earliest in history! Rockport will be visited on Saturday, December 1st by Santa Claus! That is only eleven days away. Dock Square today was adorned with the most perfect Christmas Tree ever. The little Christmas trees up and down the street are already up. Rubber Duck and I have our Santa hats all dry cleaned. Are you ready?
Last year’s lighting:
It’s true, the actual real, not a mall Santa, visited Rockport today. I’ll put a larger article together for tomorrow with complete details but these rush photos of the breaking news. (As always, click on the photos to go to a much larger shot.)
Santa says HO HO HO to Rubber Duck:
The crowds were cheek to jowl (someone must have leaked the news that the Rockport Santa was actually the REAL SANTA CLAUS!!), but everyone was on best behavior so that no coal will be delivered to these folks’ stockings.
Rubber Duck had a ringside seat for the lighting but then Santa had to split with the truck before the tree was lit:
Bam! That just happened! (An animated GIF available tomorrow.)
On a side note, Santa thanks Brad of Hales Plumbing who fixed the leak in Santa’s basement on a Saturday within an hour of getting the call. Someone put something good in Brad’s stocking. Oh wait, Santa already knows he’s been very good.