HOLIDAY 2022: 21
children that were sitting in the adjacent
row. She told me they had been very
rambunctious during the first leg of the
flight and then quietly described them as
“That was when I was sure the next leg of
their flight would likely be one they would
never forget. Because the flight was full, the
flight attendant could not offer me another
seat, but I smiled and told her I should be
able to handle the situation and calmly took
my seat next to them.
“When the young children continued
their antics and mischievous behavior, as
I assumed they might, I smiled and turned
to them and asked them if they knew who I
was. As expected, they replied no.”
Davis told them he was Santa Claus and
if they were not going to be respectful of
the other passengers and improve their
behavior, he was going to bring them a lump
of coal, nothing more for Christmas.
“Needless to say, they immediately looked
me in the eye, became silent and were as
good as gold the remainder of the trip. I
knew then that being Santa Claus was the
real deal. The stewardess in turn, gave me
McKenzie Cologlu, who used to bring cookies to Santa every year, reveals the items on her Christmas
wish list during a visit several years ago.
Santa and his reindeer will have the proper credentials in case they are stopped for speeding
or some other infraction on Christmas Eve.
two small wine bottles and wished me a very
LOVING THE ROLE
As the holiday season nears, David is reflective
on his Old St. Nick role.
“I am honored to continue my journey as Santa
Claus, one that has led me to being introduced
to thousands of children and those who are kids
at heart,” he said. “Though I am anticipating
Christmas 2022 will be no different than years
past, at age 77, I fully expect to be worn out after
this holiday season.
“I will continue to tell children of all ages all the
little known facts, and answer their questions
such as: ‘Where do reindeer live?’ ”
His answer of course, is, Lapland, the northernmost
region of Finland.
“I try to share the correct answers and if they
don’t believe Santa Claus, then who else is there
to believe?” he said.
Davis and his wife will enjoy a cruise in January,
something he said will be needed to just relax
and recover from his trip around the globe and
beyond this season.