Local Santa, Santa Claus (see Retraction post), loves sharing the joy of Christmas. photo by Scott Suchman
I sent our photographer, Scott Suchman, a rather detailed shot list last December for my story, "Shop Fredericksburg." I gave him specific locations and angles I thought would work. The main theme, though, was to convey Chrismas in this charming Virginia town.
I never asked him to find Santa Claus.
Scott captured everything I requested and more. I saw the shops I wanted, the angles I liked, and holiday lights. Then I saw Santa. Santa holding a baby. Santa hugging a woman clutching a cup of coffee. Santa posing with a family. Jolly. Jolly. Jolly.
I called Scott. I said, "Scott, what’s the story on Santa?"
He had no idea. Said that St. Nick was just roving all over town.
I consulted my sources. Fredericksburg actually has dueling Santas. Two guys. Two red suits. Two white beards.
"It’s not like they’re mudwrestling or anything," said one local. "We thought there might be a problem at first, but now it’s just come one, come all."
That’s a good thing. Because word on the street is that one of the Santas is retired FBI and used to be the White House Santa. I imagine he knows elves who know elves. That he’s privy to why Rudolph’s nose is red and can locate the file on the 34th Street Conspiracy. He’s not pictured above. Above you find a Santa named Santa (see Retraction post).
I could not make this up.