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December 1, 2015

Ann Leake glues on the large white eyebrows she wears to play Santa Claus.

Ann Leake glues on the large white eyebrows she wears to play Santa Claus.

Photographer: Erika Schultz/ The Seattle Times

At Christmas, children visit Santa with their parents. They want to give him their wish list.
But wait a minute! Him? Look again.
This Santa is a she! Her name is Ann Leake, and she plays Santa every year.
She started playing Santa many years ago for her son’s Boy Scout troop. She learned how to say, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in a deep voice. She learned how to listen to children. She became a very good Santa.
Ann is now 85, but she still wears her father’s old Santa suit every year. She says, “This suit is magical. When I put it on, I become Santa.”
What do children think about a female Santa? Ann says, “ I don’t think they’d care anyway. To them it’s just Santa.”


Published December 2015

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