Better Watch Out

by Stefani on 13-December-2009

"Did you hear that?" he says standing in our front yard.


"What?" says his brother. 


"What is it?"

"Don't you remember?"

A confused look and then clarity spread slowly over his countenance. "Oh whoa! Do you think it's really…. really????"

Could it be?

And so they watched. 

And they waited. 

For a minute they thought that maybe they'd be passed by this year. The sounds seemed so far off. 

After an interminable wait though… 

Is that… 

…. could it be??? 

Oh My Gosh, It IS!!!

Is it really….???? 

It's Fireman Santa!

It's really him!

It is!!!! 

Fireman Santa

It's fireman Santa and his firemen elves!

Here he comes, blaring his crackly christmas tunes from the loud speaker. The sirens give a quick wail and the lights they are a-flashing. 

It's magic I tell you. Magic. 

It doesn't even matter that this particular Santa and these particular elves aren't really all that convincing. You see, when they get close enough for inspection, they hurl candy at the children by way of distracting them.

Works like a charm. 

A Questionable St. Nick

While the small folk are busy gathering up their sugar high and divvying it up amongst themselves, Santa is gone with a wink and a grin. 

Divying Up the Goods

Totally cheesy, and completely the stuff that great kid memories are made of. 

Thank you fireman Santa. You made our day. 

Lia December 13, 2009 at 9:01 pm

How cute! I wish they would do that in our neighborhood. My boys would love it.

Kat December 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I love the jump for joy in one of the pictures. I love how children are capable of reminding us to find joy in the little things. What great memories they will have.

kristi December 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Man, I want to move to your neighborhood. We just have boom-boom music coming down our street.

Kerry December 14, 2009 at 4:26 am

Oh, that is so sweet! What a fun thing for the kiddos!

Colleen December 14, 2009 at 4:58 am

I have great memories of “fireman santa” coming to my house when I was a child. I was excited to see that they were planning to do that in our new neighborhood, but Santa got rained out. Bummer.

Teesa December 14, 2009 at 5:39 am

I love that it looks like your kids are the only ones on the street…and in short sleeve t-shirts too. What a great memory for the kids!

Stefani December 14, 2009 at 6:17 am

That was my favorite photo too… so full of pure kid joy, and so descriptive of who they are 🙂

Stefani December 14, 2009 at 6:17 am

Don’t let fireman Santa fool ya… we’ve got our share of boom boom too!

beki December 14, 2009 at 6:18 am

The firemen do that here. My kids have been waiting…

Stefani December 14, 2009 at 6:18 am

Boo! They should have a do-over! Seriously, Santa can’t possibly be thwarted by rain. He’d never give up that easily!

Stefani December 14, 2009 at 6:22 am

It was 70 degrees yesterday! My middle son said, “is it supposed to be spring already?”
I’m sure Santa was pretty toasty in his red suit… his cheeks were glowing for sure!

We live in an older neighborhood. There are some other kiddos on our street, but not too terribly many. If you look real close at the very first photo, you can see one small kiddo running down to our house to make sure that we knew Santa was on his way 🙂

Cassandra December 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

This is so great! I’m remembering a fireman Santa from my childhood too…

Christina December 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

Oh my goodness, I love it! Where is our firehouse Santa!? Oh well…I don’t know that he’d have the same effect on the cul-de-sac… 😉

Carrie at Rhubarbsky December 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Our town does this at night with an antique firetruck all decked out in lights, blaring X-mas music. If you give them a bag of food to donate to the food bank, you get a candy cane. It is, by far, the biggest deal for my 4 year old at Christmas!

Kelly December 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

how cool!

Jill December 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I love these dear pictures. You really captured the story!!

Marianna December 15, 2009 at 7:06 pm

We used to live in a neighborhood that did something similiar. Santa came through on horseback! It was sooooooo much fun. Something we looked forward to every year.

Kez December 16, 2009 at 2:25 am

That’s cool! Our local rural fire brigade do a similar thing – the kids love it!

amber December 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

i used to live in a neighborhood when i was a kid and the fire dept. used to do that on christmas eve EVERY year! it WAS magic, i remember it fondly…. and only one of my kids got to experience it that he can remember :(….

kristin December 17, 2009 at 4:37 am

no. way.

i wish, wish, wish this happened in our town.

mandy December 23, 2009 at 8:21 am

oh my goodness! i think my son would spontaneously combust with utter joy if he saw SANTA ON A FIRE TRUCK! awesome!

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