Santa with a young girl at the Holland Hotel

Photo: E. Dan Klepper

Here’s a scoop we just couldn’t ignore: Rob Curran, a writer in Denton who has contributed to Texas Highways in the past, recently scored an interview with Santa Claus himself, the one who’s been greeting children at Dallas’ NorthPark Center for 30 years.

In The Dallas Morning News story, Santa opens up about his age—“as old as my nose and a little bit older than my teeth;” precocious kids, like the boy who passed a stick of gum to the big man with a wink and said, “There’s plenty more where that comes from;” and the toughest parts of the job, such as the little girl who asked Santa if she could meet her grandfather, who had passed away when she was very young.

We recommend reading the whole story—and keeping the tissues handy.

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