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The Claus Selections
Taegan Bunch

Each year, the Community Service Holiday Party leaders are tasked with finding the holliest, jolliest, and merriest members of the Baylor family to serve as Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the annual Holiday Party.

The Holiday Party leaders seek to recognize two members of the Baylor family who have a servant’s heart and love for all children. As Austin Clark said in his acceptance speech, being the holiday party Santa or Mrs. Claus does not mean he or she shares every attribute with the actual Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but rather having a servant's heart, which means you are kind, cheerful, and loving, just like our friends in the North Pole.

Although they may not be the same, Baylor’s Mr. and Mrs. Claus do share some similarities with the Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole. Santa is generous and gives children all over the world gifts for being good; the holiday party Santa and Mrs. Claus give each scholar gifts through the help of the entire Baylor family. Santa and Mrs. Claus are holly and jolly, giving children the ability to wonder and believe; the same goes for Santa and Mrs. Claus at the holiday party each year. The list could go on and on, but ultimately, the Mr. and Mrs. Claus exemplify what the holiday season means: giving without expectation of something in return, showing empathy, and kindness towards all.

Dressing up in an over-sized red suit that adds a generous amount of weight is not comfortable and taking over the Claus’ jobs for an afternoon is truly exhausting, but the incredible Santa and Mrs. Claus at the truly make the holiday party event magical for each of the scholars. There is always a special twinkle in their eyes, wondering if Santa truly came all the way from the North Pole to see them, which, of course, he did.


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