IT’S every little boy’s dream to ride with Santa on his sleigh.
So being a model parent, and with an endless list of reporter’s contacts, I decided to give the big man himself a call and arrange to take my three-year-old son Mason on a festive trip around Mold.
Unfortunately this backfired.
Living in this 21st century, health and safety-conscious world, Santa’s hands were tied by red tape. We weren’t allowed on the sleigh while it was moving.
My little superstar was deeply disappointed.
On our way to meet Santa – as well as volunteers of Mold Rotary Club – as they toured the streets of Mold with their Christmas float, Mason was expecting big things.
He asked: “Will we be flying through the air on the sleigh? Will we get to feed the reindeers, Daddy?”
Oh dear. I felt my new self-awarded title of ‘Dad of the Year’ slipping away.
We arrived five minutes late. The float had left. There wasn’t a reindeer in sight – it wasn’t going to plan.
We were then running around Mold town centre, Christmas hats waving in the wind, searching for the sleigh.
Eventually we could hear the festive music blaring from a street just yards away – and there it was. Mason’s little eye’s lit up.
Santa was propped on the float, with children surrounding him as the volunteers walked alongside and helped collect vital funds for a host of charities.
The thought of a flying sleigh and reindeers had gone, but Mason was just happy to see Santa – on his best behaviour, of course – knowing if he put one foot wrong his Christmas list could perish before his eyes.
So, despite not riding with Santa through the Flintshire skies, he got the opportunity to have a quiet word with St Nick and remind him what is on his wish list.
Then as well as all the Christmas cheer, joining the parade gave me a chance to highlight the hard work and dedication of Mold Rotary Club.
So far this year they have managed to raise more than £3,500 while out on the Christmas float – money which will eventually be split between a long list of local charities.
The volunteers have visited the Mynydd Isa and Bryn-Y-Baal communities as well as Mold, and they will head to Sychdyn on Friday night.
Flintshire Home-Start is one of the many charities set to benefit from the funds and were out in force with the rotary club on Monday.
Brian Sinfield, chairman of the community committee for Mold Rotary Club, praised the various communities for their support.
He added: “If we [the club] keep on growing like we are we will be able to do even more for local charities.”