A SoCal Christmas poem: “Bring Your Santa Hat”

Motorcyclists on Maple Street in downtown L.A.
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“Bring Your Santa Hat”

What’s red and white and keeps away the blues?
Santa hats, if you so choose.
Wearing one can warm your head
Or warm the hearts of others, truth be said.
To some it looks silly, to others slick,
When tapping into their inner St. Nick.
Not seen year round, there is a reason
They only bloom during Christmas season.

Vivianne Robinson, with a pigeon she named Snowball, perched on her hat, sits at her table on the boardwalk in Venice
Vivianne Robinson, with a pigeon she calls Snowball perched on her hat, writes customers’ names on grains of rice from a table on the Venice Beach boardwalk.
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Nohemi Ortiz, 56, photographs her 5 year old pitbull, Snoopy, in front of a home with dog themed Christmas decorations
Nohemi Ortiz, 56, photographs her pitbull, Snoopy, in front of a home with dog-themed Christmas decorations on Irving Boulevard.
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A woman called Funky T gets into the holiday spirit while riding her bike in Venice Beach.
A woman called Funky T gets into the holiday spirit while riding her bike in Venice Beach.
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Emanuel Orozco, 38, and his wife Florida, wait in line with others for a prize money give-a-way at a T Mobile store
Emanuel Orozco and wife Florida line up for a giveaway at a T-Mobile store on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA-DECEMBER 16, 2022: Taylor Baik, 19, of Pasadena, hugs a Santa Claus statue
Taylor Baik, 19, of Pasadena hugs a Santa Claus statue on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
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A Halloween decoration is updated for Christmas.
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A toy on display on Maple Street.
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Pedestrians check out Aviator Nation, a clothing store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.
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Mannequins in front of a men's suit store on Maple Street.
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Flavia Cortez cleans an outlet store on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Boyle Heights.
Flavia Cortez cleans an outlet store on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Boyle Heights.
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