The Great Santa Hat Debate

I’ve been lucky about a lot of things through this cancer, but one of the nicest is that Charlie and I agree on almost everything during this, especially my treatment. But recently, a major source of disagreement has emerged.

Some background. When you lose your hair and have to buy hats, you look for hats everywhere. For example, I got a great brown cloche at Cracker Barrel this week. So, when I found Santa hats at a local grocery store for under $5, well, I just couldn’t resist.

Charlie really wishes I had resisted.

But I think the Santa hat is just perfect for the holiday season. It worked especially well at Charlie’s holiday parties last week. I sorta figured everyone expected to see the poor, sick cancer patient and were all ready to feel sorry for me. So, when I showed up in the Santa hat, they took one look and couldn’t help but laugh.

So, maybe they still felt sorry for me because of my sense of taste, but I’ve had bad taste for a whole bunch longer than I’ve had cancer. If you’re going to feel sorry for me, it seems more honest to feel sorry for my taste. That’s not likely to get better any time soon.

Charlie refuses to take pictures of me in the hat. Fortunately, some of my former students work at Info Tech, so I got a picture. But feel free to take your own side in the Santa hat debate.




  1. Ann Shen said

    Well, I have to disagree with Charlie on this debate. Sorry, Charlie, this Christmas baby thinks anytime of the year is a good time to put on anything Christmassy. Of course, Brad insists that it is all “birthday stuff”, so you cannot argue with that. We have “birthday lights” up and still have to put up the “birthday tree” and “birthday decorations” and I’ve been wearing “birthday sweaters and earrings” for over a week now. The hat looks awesome!!!

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Fran Hunt said

    Nobody said that a sense of humor had to go out the window during treatment. I like the hat, even though I have a problem with the massive commercialization of the holiday. My guess is that it gave everyone a chuckle and a much needed sense of relief in what could have been an awkward situation. At least you didn’t go for the phony elf ears!!

    Have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas.

  3. Penny said

    Sorry Charlie! (hehe) I like the Ho! Ho! hat and she’s cute in it too! Yes, it makes people laugh…but tis’ the season! :~)
    Merry Christmas Laurie!

  4. Evelyn said

    Well, it’s not looking good for Charlie. . . I think the Santa hat looks GREAT, Laurie! Here’s hoping that the debate will remain friendly, and that you both have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Stick to your guns, darlin’ — the Santa hat is sooooo you! Especially with the big Laurie smile underneath it.

  6. Nathan said

    Well, it doesn’t go with that top, but in and of itself the Santa hat is cool.
    I bought one of those very reasonably priced hats too. I got it for a party,
    but did wear it once just because it was cold.

  7. Esmail said

    Go Santa! (hat 😉 .. and I don’t even celebrate the holiday!!

    [though any fashion advice from me ought to be treated with
    caution, having been frequently cited by the fashion police!]

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