Playing Santa Claus in a hospital was one of his most rewarding experiences, wrote UTMB Dr. Michael Warren in his It’s Your Health column. From the column: The sad fact is most patients who must remain hospitalized at this time of year are the sickest: chronically ill, accident victims, burns patients and others requiring careful monitoring. The most heartbreaking of all are children. Most children’s care units take special pains to ensure children don’t miss out on Christmas. Parties, presents, visits from Santa and carolers often are included. You don’t even have to rent a Santa suit to help make Christmas a happier time. It can be simple things. A phone call to say ‘I love you,’ a basket of (physician-approved) homemade baked goods, a miniature artificial tree near the bedside, a poinsettia plant and, most of all, you.