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Ask 7-year-old Trey Hernandez what he wants for Christmas this year and he’ll say a skateboard. Neveah Stanford, age 6, wants an American Girl doll. Seven-year-old Blare Woods and his sister Tessah, 4, want jet packs. But these children are going above their parents, to the ultimate Christmas wish-giver: Santa.
“Santa” Glenn Unzicker, from Sun Prairie, Wis., has been playing the role since 2001. He was initially approached during his family vacation by a hotel employee asking if he would be willing to play Santa. Unzicker initially declined, but later changed his mind.
In 2003, Unzicker graduated from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. There he learned how to care for his hair and beard, how to sit a child on Santa’s knee, and how to talk with older and younger children, as well as those with special needs.