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The spirit of Christmas

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John Buckreis, the man who’s sat in Santa’s chair at Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax since the mid-1970s, explains in the latest Searching for More podcast why he’s devoted to teaching children about the true meaning of Christmas. Buckreis’ connection to Santa began at age 14, when he was living in a Buffalo orphanage. He wore a homemade suit of dyed cloth and cotton balls and went caroling door-to-door in wealthy neighborhoods, to collect donations of used toys.

Listen to the entire interview at bit.ly/searching4more.

 

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