Growing up in Oxnard we spent many Christmases at my Tia (aunt) Mary’s house. The adults would get merry and bright with lots of beer while the younger kids ran around and the older kids played Nintendo. One Christmas at Tia Mary’s house in particular stands out in my memory because Santa dropped by to surprise us kids! Except…well it wasn’t the idealistic jolly old man hefting a bag of toys laughing jovially. My Tio (uncle) Mark was not old, he’s the youngest of my aunt’s and uncle’s but he was definitely jolly…very jolly from drinking lots of beer!
I’m not sure what the original plan was, but all I remember is the adults trying to get us excited about Santa and I clearly remember looking up peering into the face of “Santa” and getting a good whiff of his beer breath and knowing immediately who was really behind the St. Nick suit. I think he let out a few half-hearted “Ho, ho, hos” and tried to act like Santa but he, and everyone else was just trying really hard to contain their laughter. If anyone in the family reads this feel free to fill in the details about this Christmas, I must have been maybe 6 or 7 when this happened.
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