In Loving Memory of Howard (GiGi’s Jolly Santa)

For the past 4 years, Santa has visited GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis to spread holiday cheer. This Santa was the real Santa – one with a sack full of stuffed animals, a real beard, and a naughty or nice list. The participants loved seeing Santa and he always seemed to know their names just like the real Santa would. 

Santa, otherwise known as Howard, was a wonderful volunteer with GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis. Howard looked forward to putting on the Santa suit to help get our participants in the holiday spirit. His jolly spirit was infectious and lit up our Playhouse like a Christmas tree. 

One of our participants had kept the stuffed animal that Howard (Santa) gave her three years ago. It has been passed on to her little brother who sleeps with it every night. 

Howard’s wife, Maura (otherwise known as Mrs.Clause) said, “he was always so happy after his Christmas visit at GiGi’s Playhouse. There was one little girl who was extra excited to see him. She said that she was going to marry Santa.” 

 

Before Howard passed away a few months ago, he requested that his neighbor keep the tradition going by donating stuffed animals to the Playhouse for a new Santa to distribute. As promised, Howard’s neighbor delivered the stuffed animals this year and Santa’s Workshop attendees were beyond excited. 

GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis will always cherish our time with Howard – the real Santa. We remember his giving heart and joyful spirit. In loving memory of Howard. 

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5 Comments

  1. Mrs. Clause on December 20, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for honoring my special Santa!!

    • amccain on December 21, 2022 at 11:48 am

      We are lucky to have known such a wonderful man!

  2. Nicole on December 20, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Howard was truly amazing. He was so kind and sweet to all of my kids, spending time and showing a true interest in their Christmas wishes and stories! We were so blessed to have 4 years with him here, and I’m forever grateful for his generosity. Thank you!!

  3. Bette Brookshire-McGrath on December 21, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    It’s wonderful to see this tribute and to know that the tradition continues. Santa Howard was truly a man who knew how to love fully.
    Bette McGrath

  4. Sherry Foster on December 28, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I’m so sorry he has past and for his family’s loss. He will definitely be an angel watching over GIGI’s House!

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