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Santa and Her Laughing Box!

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011

             

 

  http://www.businessinsider.com/berlin-u-bahn-laughter-laughing-germany-2011-12

"Xmas Past"

or

Santa and Her Laughing Box!

I saw a video recently that gave me a flash back to my first year of flying. Why did this video make me think of this? Well, the video is attached so that you can see it and here is my flash back!

It was my first year of flying and I was so junior that of course I would have to work on Xmas eve and also on Xmas day. In those years most people never flew on Xmas day (no cheap fares and few flights to chose from), so the planes were empty except for a small number of poor souls who had no other choice, and of course the junior crews that had no other option. Note: I was so junior that flying anything else but a domestic pairing of flights was my only choice. What does that mean? Well, how about thinking of bouncing around the U.S. making multiple stops for three days. UGH!

But getting back to my flash back; we had suffered through the 24th of December, getting all of the passengers' packages and luggage on the plane, (note this was before the strict carry on policy),getting lots of children seated, serving up meals with candy canes on the trays and wishing everyone a Merry Xmas as they deplaned. Little did they know that we were spending the night in a hotel and not with our families and further more we would be flying on the 25th too. None of us were happy about this but it was what all new flight attendants usually had to do. So I guess you could say we all deserved an Oscar for playing the roles of Santa's little helpers with smiles plastered on our faces!

Continuing on, it was now the 25th of December and it was approximately 8 PM. Yes, there were those few poor souls as I mentioned earlier who for whatever reason had to travel on Xmas day. Our merry little group probably numbered only around 30 people but then who appears on the jetway? Santa!

OMG, it was a very small woman in a Santa suit replete with tall black boots, beard, Santa hat and a large black sack! I tried not to laugh at her as she boarded and merely said, "Good evening Santa you must be tired from last night." She just looked at me and smiled.

As she walked down the aisle a few people looked at her but everyone seemed to be tired and uninterested. They just wanted to know if they got a snack after we were airborne and where are the pillows? The Captain had made an announcement that drinks were on him that night and wished everyone a Merry Xmas. (Yes believe it or not the Captains would authorize free booze sometimes, now it would take an act of Congress!) We did our safety demonstration, buckled up in our jump seats and started to taxi toward the run way when what did we all hear? A laughing box!

My first reaction was what is that? Am I hearing a laughing box or has someone lost their mind? The laughing stopped as the plane took off and as soon as we were airborne it started again. Who has a laughing box on this plane?

Then there was quiet for a few minutes and the laughing box started again. I have to admit now that I started to giggle. I don't know if it was because I was really tired or the laughing box made me but I wasn't alone!

Slowly but surely as we gained altitude I could hear the passengers all starting to laugh too! Pretty soon I was laughing so hard I had in tears in my eyes and my flying partners did too, as the laughing box would stop and then start up again!

We were finally at altitude and I decided to scour the plane for the laughing box. You guessed it! It was Santa!!

Now she gets up and starts to pass out candy to the other passengers and wishes them a Merry Xmas. They all seemed to be enjoying our own personal Santa on the flight and a few drinks gratis from the Captain didn't hurt either. Not surprising the atmosphere on the plane turned from rather dull to a party! (There was only one problem, we couldn't drink on the plane but we made up for it that night with our own party in our hotel rooms. Hey, your crew has to have some Xmas cheer too!)

As the passengers were deplaning someone asked me who the woman was in the Santa suit? Was she an airline employee?

I just said, "No that was Santa. Merry Xmas." and then I winked!

So dear friends wherever you may be on December 25th know that Santa is always with you.

Merry Xmas to all and to all a good night!!

Alexandra

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