Yes, Northern Virginia, there was a Santa Claus

When you’re a year and a half old and Christmas rolls around, it’s pretty much Nirvana from the word go. Presents, food, everyone doting on you… this is what my son got to experience, and it was pretty fun for me to be a part of it as well.

I thought nothing could be better than this Christmas Day. Then Saturday rolled around. And just as I thought things couldn’t get any better, I was brought back to a day in December of 1983, when I was a mere eighteen months and basking in the glow of impending holiday cheer. What happened on December 17, 1983? This was the last time Washington’s football, basketball, and hockey teams won a game on the same day.

Yes,  Northern Virginia, there was a Santa Claus. And this year he brought not only temperatures pushing 70, but wins for the Caps, Wiz, and ’Skins. The Caps, by the way, have the most points in the Eastern Conference these days, the Wizards have won four games in a row, and the ’Skins are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Saturday’s victory was also the 600th in team history, and certainly one of the sweetest.

Sometimes Christmas comes late.

And it’s all good.

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My name is Mike O'Connell. I am 40 years old and live in Northern Virginia. I am a teacher, a musician, and an enthusiast of all things American.

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