Memories of a Psych Hospital Santa

Gabriel Nathan
6 min readDec 23, 2023
If only I’d had a bunch of elves to do my documentation for me.

Just as there are Santa's at shopping malls and at your local fire station’s Christmas morning pancake breakfast, there are Santa's in psych hospitals. At least, there was at ours.

I first started playing Santa Claus at the psych hospital in 2012. I had been working there for two years by that point, and I had twins at home who had been born the year before, on December 15th. I don’t remember how I got…

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Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He is a suicide awareness advocate and is attracted to toxic car relationships.