A Non-Traditional Santa Claus Brings Joy (And Sometimes Tears) To Toddlers

Erica G. thinks that it’s time women have a bigger role in Christmas than that of ‘Mrs. Claus’.

For the past three years, she has played Santa Claus at Still Hip, a neighborhood toy and clothes store in Brooklyn. Her gender isn’t an obstacle – the children don’t notice and the parents “think it’s cool.” The true obstacle is the beard – the kids are terrified of it! But Erica has certain strategies to disarm her young visitors, but sometimes a hug from Mom and Dad is the only thing that will stop the tears.

Were you afraid of Santa when you were young?

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