Back in 2013, the Canadian Government declared Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to be Canadian Citizens. In an effort to reaffirm Canada’s commitment and claim to the arctic region including the North Pole, the Conservative Government of the day issued honorary passports to old St. Nick and his wife.
Turns out, that may not have been entirely necessary. It’s been discovered that Kris Kringle himself is actually a resident of Ottawa 364 days of the year.
The magic of Father Christmas isn’t unique to the Ottawa scene; from Calgary to Ottawa, Sinterklaas shares the Christmas joy to all those who believe.
“Those three short, cheery words are how Santa always announces himself, and – spoiler alert if you’re still a true believer! – they’re basic to the training at Calgary’s Santa School.
Santa Richard, AKA retired financial planner Richard Harris of Ottawa, recently graduated from the institution. Now he’s about to debut in his hometown, doing a couple of post-matinee, in-costume talkbacks during the run of the family-friendly A Christmas Story at Ottawa Little Theatre.”
Weihnachtsmann continues to spread the joy and the magic of the Christmas tradition.
In an interview with Canadian Common Sense, Santa Richard outlined his reasons for undertaking this endeavor.
“My family has always said that I would make a great Santa Claus; perhaps it is my ample belly or my beard. Either way, I love Christmas and enjoy working with our youth” says the former Boy Scout Leader, “it is important to preserve the magic and tradition of Christmas”.
With full support from his family, Santa Richard intends to spread the joy throughout his neighborhood. The City of Ottawa can look forward to a phenomenal Christmas tale at the Ottawa Little Theatre and toward the exuberance of Christmas Cheer.
When asked about any formal training Santa Richard has undertaken, he referred to the Calgary based ‘Santa-School’.
“It was a remarkable experience”, he says, “Not only did this course provide me with the skill-set needed to be an effective Santa, it also gave me the confidence needed to become a remarkably unique Santa”.
When asked what he planned to do with his new found role, he simply smiled.
“Ho-Ho-Ho my son; it’s all about the Christmas spirit, the legend of Santa, the magic of this time of year”.
“Both adults and kids love Santa and I will be the best Santa I can be”.
Well Santa, all of us at Canadian Common Sense wish you the best and I’m sure everyone here wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
I’m very proud of my father; who’da thunk it… he really is Santa Claus!
Bravo Dad and a very Merry Christmas to you Santa Richard.
And a very Merry Christmas to all of you!