Father Christmas makes annual appearance at local bank

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Father Christmas poses with Robin Swalls, an employee of Riddell National Bank, on Saturday. Swalls and other bank employees served punch and cookies to customers who stopped by to greet Father Christmas.
Frank Phillips photo

Most children recognize him as Santa Claus by his red suit trimmed in snowy white fur. And they sit on his lap and tell him what presents they would like to receive for Christmas.

However, he appears in different forms and is dressed differently in some other nations of the world, according to local traditions.

Centuries ago, he did not have the red and white garb and for the past several years, he has worn his old world clothing to Riddell National Bank’s main branch on National Avenue in Brazil one Saturday each Christmas season.

Melody Makers of Clay County perform at Riddell National Bank on Saturday.
Frank Phillips photo

On Saturday, he took time to talk to this reporter about his appearance.

“I wanted something different and we all see the red and white suits all the time and I wanted something a little over the top,” Father Christmas said. “My wife sewed the suit for me.”

Father Christmas has had three or four similar suits made over the past 20 years he has been making appearances in Clay County.

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  • So the only ones who sat on Santa's lap were the bank employees? No kids? Says customers stopped by to greet Father Christmas. Those would have been better photo options. Show the bank with their neighbors as the ads claim

    -- Posted by Bzlobserver on Wed, Dec 6, 2017, at 7:44 AM
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