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Rising Stars: Meet Santa Frank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Santa Frank.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
One Christmas season seven years ago, one of our friends asked me to be Santa for their holiday party. Now I’m sure that it was because I already had a white beard and the belly that showed how much I like cookies, but I had a great time! I was hooked on the joy and sense of wonder that the children showed and the look of nostalgia in the faces of the adults! The next year a few more of our friends and family asked that I be Santa for their parties as well. I was having so much fun that my wife and I made the decision to explore what it would be like to be Santa all year round. We felt that there was so much negativity in the world that we wanted to share as much joy and Christmas magic and cheer as we could throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.

We started our social media presence in 2017 and opened me up to a wider audience in the local area, and my visit requests started to take off! I do home visits, family and corporate parties, daycare/preschools, sensitive sensory visits for individuals with a sensory processing disorder, virtual visits, some charity work as well as working with some very talented local photographers.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, it has been smooth… and fast. The difficulties have been the speed that the business has grown and not having enough availability for all the requests. During the Christmas season, I am doing events seven days a week, leaving at 8 AM and returning around 10 PM each day.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love what I do. I love the opportunities to meet people and to share the joy and wonder of the Christmas Spirit and cheer throughout the year. I am constantly amazed that children recognize me no matter where I am, what I’m wearing or what I’m doing. I hear mothers and children talking in grocery stores, restaurants, or anywhere else in public, hearing the questions like “is that Santa?” or even coming up to me directly to ask me if I’m Santa. I always take time to talk to the children to remind them to be good and listen to what they have been doing as well as their Christmas wishlists. Adults will share some of their best memories with me and even share what their most favorite toy might have been when they were younger.

Among other things, I think the most fun thing that I’m known for is my car. My car is known as my “Everyday Sleigh” as it has a vinyl wrap that looks like my sleigh loaded with toys. Folks will wave to me while driving or stopped at a traffic light, take pictures or video of my car and me, and every once in awhile, I will see a window roll down and there will be a little hand or face that will be waving and smiling at me. Those always make me smile!

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
What I’ve learned from the Covid-19 crisis is that people still wanted to have some normalcy in their lives, and they can be very creative in how they could achieve it. Everyone was shut down, sheltering in place and trying to discover/define what normal is now. It was because of their desire for normalcy that I decided that I would still be making my visits to families that still wanted visits. That was my part of attempting to provide some joy, spread cheer and keep the Christmas Spirit alive in a crazy year. My visits were in homes, garages, driveways, drive-by visits, patios and back yards, all depending on the comfort level of the families.

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Rikki Lauren Photography JS Photography STL Stella Faye Photography Michelle Lynn Photography TH Photography Tracy Wallin Photography Avenue Bella Photography Katusha’s Photography Out Of Love Arts Photography Irish Eyes Newborn & Family Photography

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