Rita Howell Column

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rita Howell

Season’s end means rest for Santa, Ed

Every time I saw Santa Claus during the past month, Ed Woodall was there, too. He must be worn out. Ed, that is.

The Methodist pastor was everywhere Santa was. He was in the Tiger Care classroom for pre-schoolers at South Panola High School. (That’s the class that gives practical experience to childcare students.)

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He was along for Santa’s appearance at a merchant’s holiday open house. Ed showed up at the Rotary Club’s extravagant Christmas party for some special children from Batesville Elementary. He helped decorate for the Community Christmas Carol Sing on the Square. He sang there, too. And he appeared in Panola Playhouse’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’

At Panola Industries, Ed was there as Santa passed out gifts to those who are enrolled in the sheltered workshop program there.

I’m sure Ed was along when Santa visited the G.E. plant to purchase two jet engines. (See Billy Davis’ story from the December 25 issue of The Panolian.)

In fact, if you look closely at your child’s picture with Santa, you might see Ed there, too.

Santa couldn’t have a better front man than Ed.

 I’m pretty sure the Big Guy was Ed’s role model…kind and jovial with a heart for children.

I watched Ed interact with young children and older folks, too. Each had his full attention and he appeared genuinely interested in what they had to say. At this busy season, it seems Ed has worked overtime to help whenever and wherever he was needed.

Now that Santa’s finished his work for another year, maybe Ed can kick back and relax, too.