He has the look: white hair, white beard, round shape. Russ Erickson embodies Santa without even trying. But Erickson didn’t always play the well-known North Pole resident. After retiring from elementary school teaching in 1999, Erickson accepted a position at Dundee Nursery in Plymouth, which included playing the part of jolly old Saint Nick. That first experience in the red suit has led to a waiting list that can sometimes last as long as three years for his Santa services.
“I started there, and word got around,” Erickson says. “I got more and more bookings all the time.” Read more about Christkindlsmart’s Father Christmas Gives Back to His Community