Here’s another one of my teddy bear Christmas cards from years past. This was a special one for our family since this Santa is my husband’s cousin. Not only is he a relative but he is quite a special one at that. For a little claim to fame, Tom Brokaw said that this Santa “can only be described as the real thing!”
Now why would this Santa over any other Santa be on the news? It’s because he began a charity that helped provide wheelchairs and other medical equipment to those in need. You can click here to read about it if you are interested. During the Christmas season, he is known as the Stone Mountain Santa. That’s Stone Mountain, Georgia.
It was probably just about this time of year near Thanksgiving that we went down for a visit. Santa was more than agreeable to have his photo made with one of my bears to grace the front of my Christmas card that year. I did not want to take up too much of his time, but he encouraged me take lots of photos until I was fairly certain one of them would be just right. (That was in the days before digital photography, too!)
This Santa has been letting children sit on his lap and whisper their fondest Christmas wishes in his ear for quite a number of years. In doing so, he has many heartwarming stories to tell. So many that he wrote a book, Red Suit Diaries. That turned out so well that he wrote another, More Pages from the Red Suit Diaries. The stories are just wonderful if you get an opportunity to read them.
At the time I took this photo, my children were really young and Santa was REAL. Come back tomorrow and I will tell you a funny story about what happened when Santa came to visit.