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And The Stocking Was Hung

And the stocking was hung by the chimney with care.

You bet.  There is care all over the place here.  That is my stocking, obviously.

My name is on it and it is a Redskin stocking.

Yeah, right, like you don't have a Redskin stocking?

Notice the holder.  We have various.

Mine is the Santa holder.

Why?  Because I am Santa, around here anyway.

The squat Santas are all on the mantel over my stocking.

Where else would they be?

And the Santa on the left is not wearing the traditional Santa red and white.

He is wearing the non-traditional burgundy and gold Santa suit.

Of course!  That is a Redskin Santa suit.

So, you're saying that I am too old to be deluded with Santa?

He and I go way back.  AND I BELIEVE IN SANTA!

It was midday.  I had a moment between appointments to pick up something at the Redskin store for my brother for Christmas.  Going back to my car I went down the escalator beside the Santa village.

There were no children around, and Santa was standing beside his big chair stretching.  Looking up he noticed me!  Of course, knowing who I am from so many visits to my house in past years, he waved to me!

Excitedly I waved back and said, "I've been real good!  See you Christmas Eve!"

AND HE GAVE ME THE THUMBS UP SIGN!  Like I said, we go way back.

So I can tell you with no uncertainty that I will have a great Christmas this year!

And just remember, it doesn't matter whether or not YOU believe in Santa. 
The question is this:  does Santa believe in you?

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • December 21 2011 06:06AM

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May "Santa" bring you some great stuff this year!

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 6 years ago

I'll enjoy watching my 60+ year old sister open her presents because some of them she has forgotten about as she "secretly" let me know what she wanted over the year....

 

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

I hope he fills that stocking with your dreams for this year.  I do believe in the old man and am anticipating his arrival.  I'll need to get to bed early so I guess I'll start the adult beverages a little early Saturday ;)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks Dennis.  He will.  He's the man!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

A good Santa can always see through the "secrets" Wallace.  And you are obviously a good Santa.

Dennis D. - the wildest I get with the beverages is store-bought egg nog.  But I always go to bed early.  I want Santa to spend a lot of time with my Redskin stocking.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Big Diehl is hoping that Santa will bring him lots of "inspector toys" to play with this Christmas...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) over 6 years ago

My Mother still says....those that don't believe, don't receive...believe believe believe....and giving in the spirit of the season has as we know you know...the ability to give back to the giver over and over again.....stocking hmmmm....just don't know if those are the right colors.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

Santa is the man Michael.  I think he really is a Big Diehl.  Just be good.

S&D - in this case, it is one of you will see it when you believe it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay. What a charming and special post. You're right.....the real question is does Santa believe in you. I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

Thank you Sheila, and yes, yes he does.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Happy Holidays!

 

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Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Well, you got the Santa colors right Roy!  Thanks for the picture!  It's bringing its own gift.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay, even if you get coal in your stocking at least you will be able to heat your house with it :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

Jay, little known to all, and secretly revealed here, Santa is a little Irish woman with graying hair and a desire to make every Christmas perfect.  I personally know that she devotes from Thanksgiving to Christmas week gathering the perfect gift for everyone she knows.  She then wraps them on Christmas Eve till all hours of the morning.

Well, maybe, we all have our own Santa.  Hope yours treats you as well as mine does me.

Merry Christmas.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 6 years ago

Hmmm, I can understand you being a Redskins fan, Jay... but Santa?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Jay -- what a great and appropriate message for this season!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Hello Jay,

You may have a Redskin on the mantel, but do you still have the Packer Nutcracker on your tree?

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

Charlie - years ago I had a woodstove I converted to coal and it worked great!  Kept my stocking filled too...

Jack - I am not a little or big Irish woman!  Sheesh.  Although I think she would fit in just fine around here!

True blue and dyed in the wood Chris!  I can prove it!  Ask anyone in my family.

Steven - I am sure Santa believes in you!

Yes, Lisa!  In fact, my daughter saw that picture in my camera, when she was perusing one day, laughed and ran in to look at the tree!  She was overjoyed to see it was all still there!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

This year in my house there has been Santa contoversy. There is a disbeliver among us. It is a bit sad to see. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

Tell me her name, tell me what she has on her list, tell me her favorite meal and have her call me.

She should call my cell - 703-585-7560.

You should call first to tell me she will be calling, what number it is from, so I can answer "Santa."

I can handle it from there.

Have you logged in to the NORAD Santa website on Christmas Eve?  It is pretty fun.  It tells you where I, um, Santa is at any given moment during the day.

http://www.noradsanta.org/en/

The countdown has begun.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Keep that Packer Nutcracker up (please), it may be bringing them luck for a return trip to the Super Bowl!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

Luck from a Redskin fan, Lisa?  Are you sure?  OK, it will stay up, but I am totally faithless in my ability to lend any real juice here...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

When you root for the Bears or the Packers, us fans are used to taking luck anywhwere we can get it!  Don't even get me started on my Cubbies....    Merry Christmas!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

Obviously, Miss Lisa, the Curse of the Goat is stronger than the Curse of the Babe.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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