Quirky Santa Stories
Written by AJ Bartolotti
Why do you think kids love Christmas? Presents! Who brings the presents? Santa! You know how it goes, if we're good all year, and we leave him cookies and milk on Christmas Eve, he comes through the chimney and leaves you everything you want. It's hard to see why someone wouldn't like Santa! Lots of people often dress up as Santa and will take their picture with you or your children, others dress up as him because it's silly and fun. My uncle used to call me and pretend he was Santa Claus! Santa Claus embodies the spirit of Christmas. Since he's become such an icon, there are naturally some quirky and interesting stories of people who play the role of Santa. Here we have a few of our favorite quirky Santa stories!
You're holiday shopping at the mall. You walk to the food court and you see a line of parents and children with excitement in their eyes. At the end of the line you see Santa Claus, the jolliest man on Earth. Everyone has seen a mall Santa before, but this one goes above and beyond. Philip Wenz takes on the persona of Santa for 200 days a year, and he's been doing it for 40 years! Wow! You'd have to have a serious passion to do that and it's clear Philip loves every minute of it. As exhausting as it already is, typical mall Santa only dresses up for a few weeks. Imagine doing it as much as Philip!
Philip completely embodies the character of Santa Claus, ranging from minor things like the infamous "ho ho ho", to his experience interacting with children and their families! He goes on massive parades throughout Chicago and New York, and talks highly of the wonderful organization, Operation: North Pole, a volunteer based public charity that partners with major childrens hospitals and make it their mission to provide a day of fun and fantasy for families who have a child battling a life threatening disease.
Philip can be seen 200 days out of the year brightening the day of multiple children and providing them unforgettable memories that will leave a lasting impact of magic and joy. It's people like Philip Wenz that remind us why Christmas is such a wonderful time of year.
Operation: Santa is another organization that helps children. At the United States Postal Service (USPS) they make it their mission to fulfill the holiday wishes of children in need. This video tells the story of Pete Fontana during his last year as the "Chief Elf" of the operation's NYC division for over 20 years. Pete didn't really want the job going in, however once he found his way around the operation- he fell in love with it! Every single year the operation receives three to five hundred thousand hand written children's letters to Santa describing their wish and asking Santa to deliver upon it. Someone at the operation then adopts a letter and writes back as Santa, and can even choose to grant the wish if the individual so desires.
When you see Santa in the mall, you'll usually see him sitting at the front of a line of giddy children. Santa no doubt brings joy and wonder to children while they accompany their parents for a holiday shopping spree. What you wouldn't expect is how excited some adults were to see a certain Santa in the mall. That's because the Santa in a certain mall in Minnesota isn't a mall Santa hired to take pictures with children. This Santa a regular guy who decided to dress up and to throw $1,000 in singles over the railing from the upper level to the unsuspecting shoppers below. This very generous Santa goes by the name of Tyler Ketz. Tyler recently became a father and won $6,000 in a slot machine and decided to use some of it to spread some Christmas cheer. "It's better to give than receive, let's spread some love this Christmas." Well said Tyler, I'm sure the shoppers love you and will look up on that railing for you every year.!
We're all aware of Santa's magic. He's a magical man with magical flying reindeer that can somehow magically fit his jolly self all the way down a chimney. Well a Youtuber by the name of Ryan (Ryan Tricks TV) posted videos of himself showing mind boggling magic tricks to random people. Using his skills he decided to make some real magic happen by dressing up as Santa and delivering presents to the homeless in London.
What Ryan is doing is a wonderful reminder that Christmas is a time of wonder and joy, and it can be that way for everybody, if you set out to spread happiness like Ryan has.
There you have it. Every Christmas needs a little joy and these people have decided to spend their time spreading it. It's people like them that remind us to think about others and not just yourself during this special time of year. After all, that's one of the things that makes this time of year so magical.